Swedish golfer Mikael Lundberg described it as “not a complete shock” after finding himself top of the 2014 Lyoness Open golf leaderboard at the halfway stage at Diamond Country Club, Austria.
The Swede made the most of ideal morning conditions to reach nine under par and boost his chances of a first European Tour victory in six years.
Lundberg added a 68 to his opening 67 to finish one shot ahead of playing partner Lee Slattery of England.
Lundberg had shared the overnight lead with England’s Adam Gee, but wasted little time in moving clear of the field when play resumed on Friday.
The 40 year old, whose previous wins came in the Russian Open in 2005 and 2008, parred the first two holes but then spun his approach to a couple of feet at the third to begin a run of four straight birdies and move into a four shot lead.
Lundberg, whose last top-ten finish was almost two years ago and who had to regain his card for the third successive year at the Qualifying School, dropped his first shot of the day after a clumsy chip on the eighth.
And although he saved par after missing the green on the tenth, his lead was down to two shots as Slattery holed from 15 feet for birdie on the same hole.
A birdie from 30 feet on the 12th saw Lundberg extend his lead, although he then missed from a fraction of the distance on the next after a superb approach and was unable to find any further birdies on the closing stretch.
Slattery carded an eagle, five birdies and one bogey to return an impressive 66, with Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti third on seven under, Korea’s Sihwan Kim six under after a 68 and defending champion Joost Luiten another stroke back following a flawless 67.
Luiten was delighted with a round that kept his victory hopes alive, and a successful defence would provide a welcome boost to his Ryder Cup
Local favourite and 2011 winner Bernd Wiesberger lies three under following a second round 70, but Miguel Angel Jimenez had three double bogeys in five holes as a 75 left him one over for the week.
The best recovery of the day had come from Australian Brett Rumford, who played his first four holes in five over par but the remaining 14 in seven under to return a second round of 70 and finish one under par.
Source: European Tour