Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg took a two-stroke lead at the halfway point of the Russian Open on Friday after carding a second-round four-under-par 68 in Moscow.
Karlberg, seeking his maiden European Tour title, recorded six birdies against just two bogeys at the Tseleevo Golf and Polo Club to leave himself on nine-under overall going into the weekend.
“It was a pretty tough day out there because the wind got really strong in the middle of the round and caused quite a few problems,” the 26-year-old leader said.
“But I made a really good start to the round and then when the conditions got worse I managed to hang in there and then had a great finish with two birdies in my last few holes which is very satisfying obviously,” the Swede said. “I am in a great position now, but there is still a long way to go. We are only at the halfway stage and I need to keep doing what I have been doing and making birdies to have a chance.”
Overnight co-leader Liang Wenchong of China found himself in a four-way tie for second alongside Frenchman and defending champion Alexandre Kaleka, England’s Matthew Baldwin, and Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey.
“I am very happy with the score because the conditions were a lot tougher than yesterday [Thursday] afternoon. This morning it was cold and wet and the wind was really difficult to manage, so to shoot two under is a good result for me this morning,” Liang said.