Home favourite Lars Brovold shot a second successive flawless 67 to share the lead with fellow Scandinavian Jeppe Huldahl at the halfway mark of the Lexus Open on the European Challenge Tour.
Norwegian Brovold and Dane Huldahl are locked on 10 under par, a shot clear of three players, after a low scoring day at the Moss & Rygge Golfklub in Dilling, Norway.
Home advantage proved to the liking of Brovold who opened by picking up a shot on the 10th hole – his first of the day – before carding two more on his front nine and then posting back-to-back birdies on the second and third hole after the turn.
“I played really solid golf today,” said the giant 6ft 5in Scandinavian. “I actually missed a few chances but I putted well. This course is only 30 minutes away from where I live in Norway so have played here quite a few times. I know the course well.
“A few people came down to watch me and I had a nice little crowd following me round which was fun.”
The 29 year old has yet to make an impact on the Challenge Tour this season, missing two cuts and finishing tied 41st and 58th in his previous four tournaments, but he has been working on improving the mental side of his game.
He said: “I’ve been playing quite well but I’ve been having some problems with the mental side of the game and I’ve not been consistent.
“I’ve been working with my psychologist to speed up my pre-shot routine. Instead of thinking about it too much I’m just aiming at the target and hitting it. I’m trying to react more.”
Brovold was then joined at the top of the leaderboard by Huldahl, who flew out of the traps with three birdies in the opening four holes. He dropped a shot at the fifth hole before birdies at eight and nine. The Dane, currently 17th in the Challenge Tour Rankings, took a one shot lead at the 16th hole but then bogeyed the 17th when he missed the green for a round of 68.
He said: “These have been the two best rounds I have played this season. I am striking the ball really well and I’m feeling very confident going into the weekend, although there is a lot of golf to be played.
“I’m hoping to win some Euros this weekend. I’m in the top 20 at the moment but on the Challenge Tour you can easily drop out so you have to keep it going each week.
“I played perfect golf on the first few holes today. That is the way that you want to start. I gave myself a lot of chances on the front nine. It was a very solid round.”
Brovold and Huldahl are a stroke clear of Swede Oskar Henningsson, Norway’s Paul Nilbrank and Scotland’s Duncan Stewart who carded rounds of 69, 67 and 67 respectively.
Overnight leader Adam Gee fell back after a second round 73 to move to seven under par for the tournament.
Italian Nicola Maestroni aced the 155 yard par three 14th hole, holing his seven iron tee shot, en route to his 71 to move to five under par.