A sensational nine under par 62 gave Sweden’s Joel Sjöholm (pictured by Getty Images) a commanding four-shot lead at the halfway point of the European Challenge Tour’s Fred Olsen Challenge de España.

The Swede had cruised to the turn in five under par to move to within one shot of the lead on Friday afternoon before an explosive finish of an eagle and two birdies in his closing four holes saw him surge clear of a congested leaderboard.

Sjöholm was already playing beautifully when his perfect sand wedge from 110 yards found the bottom of the cup on the par four 15th of Tecina Golf in La Gomera on the Canary Islands to ignite that blistering finish.

Birdie putts from four and 12 feet on the 17th and 18th then turned a great day into an unforgettable one.

Sjöholm is a man on a mission to return to The European Tour as quickly as possible having lost his playing privileges last season.

Respective rounds of 65 and 67 were good enough to see Welshman Rhys Enoch and Italy’s Matteo Delpodio move into a ties for second place on nine under.

Source: European Tour


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