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Lundberg remains on top in Austria
Atzenbrugg, Austria (SportsNetwork.com) - Mikael Lundberg carded a 4-under 68 on Thursday to maintain the lead after two rounds of the Lyoness Open.
Lundberg finished 36 holes at Diamond Country Club at 9-under-par 135. He is seeking his third career win on the European Tour, but first since the 2008 Russian Open.
"I've been doing some great work with my new coach, Neil Jordan, over the last few weeks, and my game is feeling a lot more solid as a result," said Lundberg. "So whilst I didn't maybe expect to play this well here, it's not a complete shock to me either."
Lee Slattery fired a 6-under 66 during his second round to vault into second place at 8-under 136, while Fabrizio Zanotti (68) is alone in third at minus-7 and Sihwan Kim (68) holds fourth at 6-under 138.
Defending champion Joost Luiten (67) and Rhys Davies (71) shared fifth at 5- under. First-round co-leader Adam Gee tripped to a 1-over 73 on Thursday to fall into a tie for seventh place with Berry Henson (72) at 4-under-par 140.
Lundberg parred his first two holes before reeling off four straight birdies from the third to jump to 9-under.
A bogey at the eighth dropped him back to minus-8 at the turn, but he got that stroke back with a 30-foot birdie putt at the 12th.
The Swede parred his final six holes to maintain his spot atop the leaderboard heading into the weekend.
"I hit a lot of good shots early on and managed to make some putts, so that got my confidence up," said Lundberg. "It got tougher and tougher the longer the round went on, because the course got really firm and fast towards the end, so whilst it may look and feel easy, it never is."
Slattery raced out of the gate with three birdies over his first four holes to move to 5-under.
After parring the next five holes, he traded a birdie at the 10th with a bogey at the 12th. Slattery, who was playing alongside Lundberg, later followed a birdie at the 15th with an eagle at the 16th to pull within a shot of the lead, but he could not move to the top of the leaderboard as he parred his final two holes.
Zanotti briefly met Slattery in second place during the afternoon wave by countering a pair of bogeys with an eagle and five birdies over his first 15 holes, but he bogeyed the seventh, his 16th, to fall back to 7-under.
NOTES: Lundberg has not had a top-10 finish since ending in a share of fourth place at the 2012 Madeira Islands Open. He has six missed cuts this season, and his best finish is a tie for 28th at the Open de Espana ... Slattery has one career victory on tour ... The cut line fell at 4-over-par 148, with 71 players advancing to the weekend.
06/06 14:42:12 ET