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Big-hitting Edfors extends his lead at Black Mountain

AFP , HUA HIN, THAILAND

Johan Edfors of Sweden extended his lead at the inaugural Black Mountain Masters after yesterday’s second round, with Filipino legend Frankie Minoza hot on his heels.

The big-hitting Edfors carded 68 for a two-day total of 132, 12-under, at Black Mountain Golf Club, widening his overnight lead to three strokes in the Asian Tour event.

However, fellow Swede Jesper Parnevik missed the cut after a disappointing 77.

But Minoza, 49 and boasting 16 professional titles across Asia and Japan, rolled back the years to fire 68 for a share of second place on 135, alongside Australian Darren Beck, who shot a 66 thanks to two eagles. Another Australian, Jason King, returned his second consecutive 68 to lie one stroke back, while Thai Chapchai Nirat and South Korean teenager Noh Seung-yul go into the weekend rounds five off the pace after a 68 and 71 respectively.

Edfors, a three-time winner in Europe, was disappointed to drop his first shot of the tournament at his last hole, after five earlier birdies.

“I played pretty solid and took advantage of the par-fives. It was a solid round, despite what happened on the last,” said Edfors, 33, who was happy that he was able to keep his small army of Swedish fans thrilled. “It’s nice that they are out here cheering for me. It feels like you’re in Sweden.”

Minoza, who plans to attend the Champions (Seniors) Tour Qualifying School in the US later this year, faded on his inward nine, dropping two straight bogeys to spoil a card that included four birdies and an eagle.

The 30-year-old Beck, who enjoyed an impressive rookie season last year, moved up the leaderboard with two eagles and another birdie on his front nine.

Three more birdies took him to eight-under for the day, but he topped his drive on the 16th hole into a bush, which led to a costly double-bogey.

“It is pretty embarrassing as you have the TV cameras, who don’t follow you all day and then they’re there to catch that,” Beck said.

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