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Friday, 20 July 2007

England’s Robert Dinwiddie and Anders Schmidt Hansen of Denmark will share the lead going into the weekend in the MAN NÖ Open on the European Challenge Tour in Austria.

The duo ended the first two rounds of competition at the Golfclub Adamstal in Ramsau tied on six under par 134, one shot clear of Welshman Stuart Manley, New Zealander Gareth Paddison and Zane Scotland of England.

Of the leading duo, Dinwiddie, who was born in Scotland but who represents England, certainly had the most adventurous afternoon, his one under par 69 resembling a rollercoaster at times in parts.

In total, the 24 year old former English, Scottish and Welsh Amateur Stroke Play champion had five birdies – including four in six holes from the first – two bogeys and one double bogey at the 198 yard par three 16th.

In direct contrast, Hansen’s two under par 68 was a sea of tranquility, his only departures from par coming with birdies at the first, ninth and 15th holes and a bogey at the sixth leaving the Dane ideally placed to notch his maiden Challenge Tour victory.

Indeed a maiden victory for either player would be welcome in their quest to finish the season in the top 20 on the Rankings, the top 20 players who will receive playing privileges for The 2008 European Tour International Schedule by right.

For as well as being locked together at the top of the leader board, the duo are also side by side on the current Rankings, Dinwiddie in 35th place with €19,864 from 12 events, while Hansen is one spot and a mere €977 behind him from the same number of appearances in the 2007 season.

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