A second round of five under par 67 took Sweden’s Raimo Sjöberg to the head of the field at the halfway stage of the Lexus Open in Norway, one stroke clear of the Dane Peter Ankersoe and two ahead of home hope Lars Brovold.
Sjöberg stormed ahead of the field after a hugely impressive front nine score of four under par 32 at the Larvik Golf Club, and he pressed on with another birdie on the par four 11th before a halting bogey six on the par five 13th stopped interrupted his momentum on the back nine.
His quest to take the lead was not to be undone, however, and a closing birdie on the 18th saw him take a one shot advantage over Ankersoe into the final two rounds.
Although he played the course the other way round to the leader, Brovold’s second round took a similar shape to Sjöberg’s. The 27 year old Norwegian went to the ‘turn’ in four under par before making an ugly double bogey six on the par four first hole.
Again, like Sjöberg, Brovold hit back by picking up a further three birdies on the front nine to post a second round 67 and move into serious contention to pick up his maiden Challenge Tour victory in his homeland.
The man between Sjöberg and Brovold – Peter Ankersoe – posted a second round of 69 to get to eight under for the tournament after putting an eagle, four birdies and three bogeys on his second round card.
Belgium’s Jerome Theunis, who performed well to finish sixth at the last week’s Thomas Björn Open in Denmark, joins Brovold in a tie for third place on seven under par.
Also on the seven under mark is the first round leader, Englishman Dean Barnes, who endured a roller coaster day during the second day of the Lexus Open. The 26 year old, who opened the week with an excellent 66 started his second round with a bogey on the second but soon forgot about that with three consecutive birdies.
Another birdie on the eighth took him one clear of Sjöberg, but he was soon back among the chasing pack after a pair of double bogeys – on the par three 12th and then the par five 13th. His round then took another twist as he holed his second shot for an eagle on the par four 14th but gave one of those shots back immediately with another bogey.
All of that meant he was level par for the day coming down the 18th, which he managed to birdie for a second round 71.
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