Big-hitting Australian Scott Hend joined home favourite Robert Karlsson in a share of the clubhouse lead midway through the second round of the Nordea Masters in Stockholm.
Former European Number One Karlsson had been upstaged by his amateur namesake on the opening day.But as his 22 year old compatriot, South African Jaco Van Zyl and another Swede, Alex Noren - the leading trio overnight - began their rounds Karlsson and Hend had already set a five under par target.
“I need to produce - I haven’t produced so far this year, it’s been a bit of a tough year. I feel like I’m playing good but not producing any results so hopefully that will turn around.”
While amateur Karlsson started his second round with two straight pars, Noren enjoyed back-to-back birdies and when he gained another shot at the sixth the Saab Wales Open winner was three clear.
The locals certainly had plenty to cheer as Niklas Lemke and Fredrik Henge reached the halfway stage on four under for a share of sixth, with Fredrik Andersson Hed one further back taking the number of Swedes in the top ten to six.
Noren turned in a brilliant five under par 31 but amateur Karlsson and Van Zyl both picked up their first shot of the day to keep the gap down to four.
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