Swede storms into six-way tie for Sicily lead

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players will go into the weekend tied for the lead at the Sicilian Open after an extremely tight second round at the Verdura Golf & Spa Resort.

David Lynn, Jamie Donaldson, Pelle Edberg, Maarten Lafeber, Simon Wakefield and overnight leader Peter Lawrie all sit on eight under par, with another seven players one shot adrift.

Swede Edberg was the biggest mover yesterday morning, carding a six-under-par round of 66, but it was a disappointing day for Irishman Lawrie, who had posted a brilliant 64 on Thursday but had to settle for a level-par round yesterday.

In contrast, Edberg managed six birdies and an eagle while Englishman Wakefield also impressed with a 67 and Holland’s Lafeber recorded a 68.

The sextet have only three European Tour titles between them courtesy of Lynn, Lafeber and Lawrie.

Wakefield said: “It was just one of those days when everything went right. I hit every shot I wanted to hit, and managed to hole my fair share of putts, so I’m delighted.”

Lafeber, who had to go back to Qualifying School last year after finishing 149th in the Race to Dubai, picked out Welshman Donaldson, who would have led on his own had he not bogeyed his final hole, as the man to watch.

“Last year my long game was horrible – I was hitting it all over the place,” said the Dutchman.

“So I’m happy to be back playing well again. It’s looking pretty bunched at the moment. Jamie Donaldson is playing very well, and there’s some good players up there so it won’t be easy.”

Gary Orr (73 for 139), Alastair Forsyth (72 for 139), Lloyd Saltman (68 for 139) are the highest-placed Scots on the leaderboard, while Richie Ramsay (69 for 140), Craig Lee (73 for 140) and Scott Jamieson (73 for 141) were also set to make the cut.

Among the players on seven under is Dane Soren Kjeldsen, while Ireland’s Shane Lowry is also one behind following a 70.