Lyoness Open: Joost Luiten claims one-shot lead in Austria
Joost Luiten leads British pair Paul Waring and Callum Macaulay at the halfway stage of the Lyoness Open in Austria.
Last Updated: 08/06/13 11:37am
Luiten added a 68 to his opening 65 at the Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg to post a 36-hole score of 11 under.
The Dutchman impressed from tee to green in particular as he made three birdies against two bogeys in a back-nine 35, before rolling in a fourth birdie putt of the round at the first.
He missed a chance from four feet at the third after his approach almost piched in the cup, but he atoned with further birdies at the fourth and seventh holes to claim the outright lead.
"It felt good," said Luiten. "I hit some nice shots, some close for birdie, and the only difference from the first day was that I didn't make any long putts.
"But I am very happy with an 11 under total and I am in a good position for the weekend."
Waring birdied two of the first three holes and picked up four shots in five holes around the turn before his momentum halted when he drove into water at the 14th.
The Englishman hit back with a birdie at the next, but a three-putt bogey at 16 cost him a share of the lead, while Scotland's Macaulay, the world No 788, surged up the leaderboard with a superb 66 which featured birdies at three of his final four holes.
Eduardo de la Riva started eagle-birdie on the back nine and, after a bogey at the second, he picked up five shots in his last seven holes to cap a 65 which propelled him to 10 under.
But first-round leader Tom Lewis slipped four shots off the pace after an error-strewn 74 that was 11 shots worse than his sparkling first-day card.
Spanish veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez is alongside Lewis on seven under after a 70, while England's Matthew Baldwin and Scot David Drysdale both returned 66s to earn a place in the top 10.
Defending champion Bernd Wiesberger is two strokes further adrift after the home favourite bogeyed 14 and doubled the next before hitting back with birdies at the 16th and 18th holes to salvage a 71.