Bradley Dredge, one of a litany of players hoping to make a final push to inclusion in the Final Series, opened up a 1-stroke lead at the halfway point of the M2M Russian Open Friday with his second straight 66.
Dredge, at 10-under, leads England’s Lee Slattery by one stroke. Dredge did not have a single bogey on the round and really came alive to start the back nine with birdies on three of his first four holes there.
Slattery had two bogeys, but was strong on the back nine with birdies on 11, 12, 14, 17, and 18 to finish at 67, climbing from third to second.
Neither of Day 1’s co-leaders could hang onto a share of the lead through 36 holes. Australia’s Daniel Gaunt shot a 2-under 69 to sit two strokes off the lead while Scotland’s Scott Jamieson wound up with an even par 71 to fall to a tie for seventh at 6-under.
Defending champion David Horsey wound up at par for the day to slide to a tie for 11th.