Hend well placed in Sweden

Local golfer Alexander Noren has a three shot lead at the Nordea Masters near Stockholm over India's Shiv Kapur with a further two shots back to American Bubba Watson and South African Jaco Van Zyl.

The 29 year old Noren, who earlier this season won the Saab Wales Open, played late on day two but by the time he had made the turn the joint first round leader was in charge. He birdied five of his first nine holes and then added another early in his back nine to establish the significant cushion heading into the weekend.

For Australia's Scott Hend it is a case of 'have tournament will travel'. Given his precarious status on the European Tour he must take advantage of ever start he gets and he appears to be doing just that this week.

The Queenslander recovered from a slow start to the day to add a second round of 70 to his opening 69 and at 5 under par he shares 5th position with Robert Karlsson, Anthony Wall and former Waverly Golf Club Pennant player and British Amateur Champion Jin Jeong.

Hend's last start was when missing the cut at the US Open after what had been a good opening round but he had rushed back from Italy to take part at Congressional. This is a big weekend for him now that he has worked himself into contention as he chases full status on the European Tour.

Scott Strange 20th and Marcus Fraser 52nd are the other Australians to make the weekend field.

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