France’s Gregory Bourdy chalked up a second sensational round at the Lyoness Open in Austria on Friday, extending his lead to four strokes as he fired a 67 to reach 12-under through 36 holes.
He holds the lead over fellow Frenchman Gary Stal and the UK’s Chris Wood, who are each at 8-under.
Bourdy started his round with a bogey and was at even par at the turn, but got hot on the back nine with five birdies, including three in a row to end his round. He has just one bogey through two days of competition.
Lyoness 2009 champion Rafa Cabrera-Bello climbed into a tie for fourth with a 68 on the day. He’s 7-under, tied with fellow Spaniard Carlos Pigem, who was the only man to outshoot Bourdy on the day, nailing a 7-under 65.
Pigem was at even par on Thursday, but came to play on Friday with four birdies on the front nine. After he bogeyed No. 10, he came back with an eagle on 12 and back-to-back birdies on 13 and 14.
The tournament’s previous two chances were considerably further down the leaderboard. Last year’s winner Mikael Lundberg is tied for 31st at 2-under after shooting a 70 on Friday.
Last year’s runner-up and 2013 champion Bernd Wiesberger, currently fifth in the Race to Dubai standings, made an impressive show after his ugly 79 on Thursday, firing a 5-under 67 on Friday.
Unfortunately, he missed the cut by two strokes, particularly painful considering he hit a double bogey on No. 7.