The only thing hotter than Bradley Dredge at the Made in Denmark golf tournament on Friday were the bolts of lightning that swept up over the area, forcing a late halt in play.
Dredge followed up his 5-under Thursday with a 2-under 65 through the first 17 holes before the sudden storm chased him off the course.
He recorded another birdie on No. 18 to take him to 8-under for the tournament, giving him a 4-stroke lead over second-place Simon Wakefield.
Dredge was at even par through 10 holes, then caught fire with four birdies between No. 13 and 18.
Local favorite Thomas Bjorn took a tumble down the standings, posting a 2-over 73 to fall into a tie for third, 5 strokes off the lead.
Bjorn, ranked third in the Race to Dubai standings and 24th in the World Golf Rankings, managed just one birdie against three bogeys on the round.
Wakefield actually outshot Dredge on the day with a 4-under 67 to reach 4-under. He birdied 15-17 in a row before a bogey on 18 soured his day a bit.
With Bjorn having an off day, fellow Danes Thorbjorn Olesen and Lasse Jensen were able to move up into a tie for third.
The best round of the day belonged to England’s Oliver Fisher, who notched a 6-under 65 to jump from tied for 85th to tied for seventh at 2-under.
A day after going 4-over on the front nine, Fisher hit the turn at 5-under thanks in large part to an eagle 3 on the par-5 No. 5.
He’s tied for seventh with Chile’s Felipe Aguilar, who tumbled there from a tie for first after struggling to a 3-over 74.
Both Aguilar and Fisher occupy spots at the tail end of the Race to Dubai standings, 59th and 57th, respectively, so strong finishes here are key to each player.