Friday, 15 August 2014
Thomas Björn  (Getty Images)
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Thomas Björn and Bradley Dredge maintained their lead atop the Made in Denmark leaderboard before a lightning threat halted proceedings.

Björn and Dredge had played in a manner that belied blustery conditions at the Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort to shoot fine 66s on the opening day.

And they continued that good form in round two, each heading for the sanctuary of the clubhouse at level par for the day.

Dane Björn played seven holes, cancelling out a dropped shot on one by birdying the par five fourth. Dredge, meanwhile, parred the opening three holes to remain in touch with the veteran.

Yet it was a different story for fellow overnight leader Felipe Aguilar, for whom bogeys on six and seven undid much of yesterday's hard work.

As such, he was a stroke adrift of the clubhouse target set by England's Simon Wakefield.

With conditions easier than Thursday, when he struck a 71, Wakefield took full advantage in a fine round of 67.

Having begun on ten, he parred the opening five holes before catching fire to birdie 15, 16 and 17.

A dropped stroke on 18 ruined that run, yet the Englishman picked up strokes on four and eight.

He said: "I actually felt I played pretty well. I was here in 1999 and finished ninth in a Challenge Tour event, but I don’t remember the course at all. I remember staying on site in a house, but I don’t remember anything of the course. 

"So arriving on Tuesday, I was excited to play the course but we didn’t get chance to play. The first time to see the course yesterday was nice and I played lovely today."

Wakefield's fine effort ensured he moved ahead of another home favourite in Thorbjørn Olesen.

The precocious 24 year old, who did not drop a shot in yesterday's 69, endured an up and down round as four gains came amid a bogey and a disappointing double at 13.

But the manner in which he ground out a 70 bodes well for the weekend, even if he will likely find himself further down the leaderboard come Saturday.

"It was a bit easier today and I was not on top of my game," admitted Olesen. "I put myself in some awkward positions off the tee and I didn’t have decent control. 

"I made it tricky for myself. It’s scoreable out there so I’ll probably have some catching up to do. I had hoped to shoot a few under today but I didn’t quite play well enough. I was fighting all the time."

Olesen, though, can at least take solace in knowing he will be roared on by vociferous home support.

"The crowds have been great," he added. "It’s like playing a major championship out there. ’ve never seen anything like it. It’s incredible and it really gave me a big boost out there. I just tried to keep going for them. 

"I was grinding it out today and I managed to get it under par. It was a great feeling being in front of this crowd. It’s good fun. I can’t imagine what it is going to be like over the weekend."

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1WARREN, MarcSCO18-9
2DREDGE, BradleyWAL18-7
3ARCHER, PhillipENG18-4
T4BJÖRN, ThomasDEN18-3
T4FISHER, OliverENG18-3

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