Friday, 23 August 2019
Henrik Stenson  (Getty Images)
Henrik Stenson (Getty Images)

Henrik Stenson hailed the support of his home fans after he produced a remarkable run of birdies on Friday to move into a tie for second at the Scandinavian Invitation in his native Gothenburg.

Enormous crowds followed local favourite Stenson as he took full advantage of favourable afternoon conditions at Hills Golf & Sports Club to post a superb 62.

Ryder Cup star Stenson opened his second round with a disappointing bogey at the first but bounced back straight away with birdies at the second and third before reeling off six in a row from the eighth to surge into contention.

And he finished off his round with another gain at the 18th to move to nine under and head into the weekend just two shots off the halfway lead held by playing partner Matthew Fitzpatrick.

After his round, Stenson said: "It was a good day. There aren’t too many times you are shooting 62 and you start with a bogey.

"It felt a big distance walking off the first green that I was going to shoot eight under today, but I got great support out there. 

"A lot of people came out despite the weather in the morning, so I tried to please them, and I think I did.

"I just try to hit the shots to the places I wanted to, put some really good swings on the ball out there, and when I didn’t do that, I made it up with the putter. 

"I was rolling it good today, made most of them, even though it always stinks to miss a three footer on the second last hole but all in all a very good day out there.

"I am just happy to play a good round today. I was quite some way back after the first round, so to have a good score today and make up some ground to be in contention for the weekend feels pretty good. 

"There is a lot of golf left to be played and Matt is playing really solid, so I think he is going to be the one to try and catch at this point." 

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
T3STENSON, HenrikSWE18-14
T5SODERBERG, SebastianSWE18-13
T5KIM, SihwanUSA18-13

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