Ireland's Paul Dunne is right in contention at the Made in Denmark event in Farso, a second round of three-under 68 leaving him just one shot off the lead going into the weekend.
The 24-year-old from Greystones carded five birdies and two bogeys at a windy Himmeland layout to move to seven under, which he shares with England's David Horsey, Scotland's Marc Warren and Indian golfer SSP Charasia. England's Steve Webster leads the way on eight under after a one-under 70.
“I hit the ball really well today and controlled the ball very well in the wind,” said Dunne after his round.
“It was a lot better than yesterday but I didn’t putt as well today which is kind of typical I suppose. I left a few out there today but all in all it was a good considering the conditions out there, especially at the start of the round.”
Dunne finished in the top 10 at the tournament last year and he’s hoping he can merge the best parts of his play over the opening rounds on Saturday.
“The game plan is more of the same. I know we all say it but there are a lot guys bunched on that leaderboard so it’s going to be pretty tight over the weekend. If I can hit the ball like I did today and putt like I did yesterday I’ll have a great chance to win but there is a long way to go.”
Leader Webster in looking for his first European Tour title in 10 years.He lost his playing privileges last season after being an ever-present for 20 years and almost did not play at Himmerland this week due to his grandmother having had a fall at the weekend.
His father convinced him to tee it up and he followed up an opening 64 with a 70 in tougher conditions.
“I have to be honest and say I haven’t been thinking too much about the golf this week,” he told the European Tour’s official website. “My mind has really been thinking about my nan back home because she had a nasty fall at the weekend. Thankfully she is making a recovery and maybe taking my mind away from the golf has been a good thing.
“I’m looking forward to the weekend, I am swinging it well and just need to stick to the boring stuff of one shot at a time.”
Webster started his second round with 11 pars but recorded three birdies and two bogeys in his last seven holes.
Warren has not made it to the weekend at an event since March but the 2014 champion fired the lowest round of the day with a 64 while Horsey – the man who took the title off him in 2015 – signed for a 68. Chawrasia maintained his bogey-free week in signing for the same score.
Michael Hoey carded a two-under 69 but missed the cut after finishing on two over, while Gary Hurley also missed the weekend after adding a 75 to his opening 77.