Jonathan Caldwell carded a second round even par 71 to sit just inside the top-30 as defending champion Bernd Wiesberger took control of the Made in HimmerLand presented by FREJA with a two-shot halfway lead.
Clandeboye’s Caldwell was unable to find any forward momentum on Friday, trading three birdies with three bogeys to remain at four-under par and in a tie for 28th. The 36-year old is the only Irishman into the weekend as Niall Kearney (even), Cormac Sharvin (+3) and Paul Dunne missed out on the halfway mark. Greystones swinger Dunne, who had stiffness in his neck earlier in the week, tried to battle on but found himself withdrawing at three-over par with two holes to play of his second round.
Meanwhile 35-year-old Wiesberger, winner of the 2019 contest, followed an opening-round 66 with seven birdies on day two in Denmark to sign for 65 at the Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort and move to 11 under, two ahead of fellow countryman Matthias Schwab.
“I didn’t start great,” said Wiesberger. “I had a little tricky putt on the first to save par and the everything kind of went my way. I holed a longer one on 11 and then chipped in on 13, which was my fourth hole and that really got things going. I had a couple of tap-ins on the following holes but there were chances everywhere. I scrambled well on 18 to keep bogey off the card. I felt decent. Bit disappointed with the finish today, felt like I could have gone a few deeper actually but my game was good and I’m happy with round two today.
“I’m feeling good. It was the second night after a long trip over to the East, which is always the worst. I slept really well on the first night after coming over from the States, Tuesday and Wednesday were pretty rough but since I’ve been alright. I’ve been trying to control the energy, I didn’t do much yesterday after the round, I went off to bed with an early start. I’m feeling good and hopefully ready for as good a weekend as the first two days.
“It’s Friday morning, just push on, push forward and hit good, decisive golf shots. Especially the way I played the front nine, which was my back nine today, I felt like there were a lot of chances coming up and I really tried to push forward and give myself a lot of looks. I didn’t do it quite as well as yesterday but it was good enough for a decent round today.”
Schwab, who produced a stunning par save on the last after driving into trees down the left and having to play out on to the wrong fairway signed for a 66, and is looking forward to partnering his compatriot in the final group on moving day.
“The start of the season has been good, some really solid top ten finishes, I have made every cut so far this year, which is something to be a little bit proud of so things are going ok,” he said.
“I think it will be nice to play with Bernd, it has been a while since we played together. I know him quite well, he knows me quite well, so it will be a fun round.”
Sweden’s Alexander Björk is third on eight under after a 63 which included the third hole-in-one of the week on the famous 16th hole dubbed Himmerland Hill.
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