Sweden’s Peter Hanson has taken over as leader at the halfway mark of the Norwegian Open at Losby near Olso. He carded a second round 65 for 135, nine under par, and is a shot clear of fellow Swede, Paul Nilbrink, and Justin Cooper of Australia, and three ahead of England’s Stuart Little.
Hanson’s round was remarkable in that he was out in seven-under-par 28 but ran up a double-bogey five at the short 13th, which has water right of the green. However, two more birdies, at the 15th and 17th, saw him home in level-par 37.
Nilbrink almost matched Hanson but his 66 leaves him a shot adrift alongside Cooper on eight under.
Little, the left-hander from Gloucestershire, who has been on the leaderboard several times this season, went round in 70 and is the highest-placed British player, while Ireland’s Francis Howley is fifth on 139 after a 71.
Germany’s Kariem Baraka, one of four overnight leaders on 67, slipped down the field after a 76 as did fellow German, Felix Lubenau, who carded a 77 for 144.
The cut came at two-over-par 146 with 51 players, including one amateur, Norway’s Knut Schlager, surviving for the weekend.
Among those who didn’t were Jean Ciola of Switzerland, who followed up a 69 with 78 to miss by one, and Frenchman, Olivier David, who slumped to a 79 after an opening 69.