European Tour

Wiesberger grabs halfway lead at Dutch Open

2016-09-10 00:02
Bernd Wiesberger (AP)

Spijk - Austria's Bernd Wiesberger carved out a one-stroke lead at the halfway stage of the Dutch Open after a five-under-par 66 in Friday's second round at Spijk.

Wiesberger recovered superbly from a patchy start, having bogeyed two of his opening three holes, bouncing straight back to reel off three successive birdies.

The 30-year-old made seven birdies in total as he matched his first-round 66, leaving him 10-under overall and well positioned for a tilt at a fourth European Tour victory this weekend.

"I've been playing alright, I've just not had breaks going for me," said Wiesberger, who has just two top-10 finishes this season following an impressive 2015 campaign.

"I've not had a good, solid week on the greens. It was good to finally hole a couple of putts and get a score."

Nino Bertasio had threatened to join Wiesberger atop the leaderboard, but a bogey at the 18th dropped the unheralded Italian into a three-way tie for second place after he signed for a four-under 67.

Home hope Joost Luiten is level with Bertasio and Englishman Mark Foster after the Dutchman shot a flawless 64 in the joint-lowest round of the day.

Overnight leader Ben Evans is another shot back along with Spain's Alejandro Canizares and fellow Englishman Tommy Fleetwood, while Australian Scott Hend, runner-up in a play-off at Crans Montana last weekend, is three strokes behind the leader.

Leading second-round scores on Friday from the Dutch Open at Spijk in the Netherlands (GBR & IRL unless stated, par 71):

132 - Bernd Wiesberger (AUT) 66-66

133 - Joost Luiten (NED) 69-64, Mark Foster 67-66, Nino Bertasio (ITA) 66-67

134 - Alejandro Canizares (ESP) 67-67, Tommy Fleetwood 67-67, Ben Evans 65-69

135 - Scott Hend (AUS) 67-68, David Horsey 67-68, Mikko Korhonen (FIN) 66-69, Simon Khan 68-67, Daniel Gavins 70-65

136 - Mike Lorenzo-Vera (FRA) 68-68, Ross Fisher 70-66, Graeme Storm 69-67, Richard McEvoy 69-67, James Robinson 68-68, Richard Bland 67-69, Joakim Lagergren (SWE) 66-70

137 - Matthew Southgate 72-65, Nacho Elvira (ESP) 69-68, Lee Soo-min (KOR) 68-69, Fabrizio Zanotti (PAR) 68-69, Matteo Manassero (ITA) 67-70, Daniel Im (USA) 70-67, Chris Hanson 66-71

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