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Ormsby hangs tough in windy Denmark

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Gusty winds made scoring difficult but Wade Ormsby kept himself in the mix at the European Tour’s Made in Denmark tournament to be two off the pace heading to the weekend.

Ormsby’s 1-over 72 was the result of two birdies and three bogeys but was a better score than it appeared on paper at a Himmerland Golf Club playing much harder than the opening round.

Among the last players to tee off on day two the South Australian was out in some of the strongest breezes and went to the turn 1-over with two bogeys and a birdie.

He traded a dropped shot at the 13th with a second birdie of the day at 15 then parred in to be among a logjam of players at 6-under and T6.

Overnight co-leader Steve Webster is alone atop the standings after a hard fought 1-under 70 and at 8-under is one ahead of Paul Dunne, Marc Warren, SSP Chawrasia and David Horsey.

Ben Eccles and Richard Green were the other two Australians to make the cut, both shooting 1-under to be T32 and T43 respectively ahead of the weekend.

Ryan McCarthy slumped to a disappointing 7-over 78 after opening with a strong 66 while Marcus Fraser and Nathan Holman were too far back to make the cut.

Leader Webster finds himself in an unexpected position after only being convinced at the last minute to tee up this week.

The popular 42-year-old lost his full card last year for the first time in 20 years and after his grandmother had a fall last week he was intending not to play.

But his father convinced him to make the trip and Webster said his worries about what was happening at home had helped his play.

"I have to be honest and say I haven't been thinking too much about the golf this week," he said after his round.

"My mind has really been thinking about my nan back home because she had a nasty fall at the weekend.

“Thankfully she is making a recovery and maybe taking my mind away from the golf has been a good thing.”

After starting with 11 straight pars Webster mixed three birdies with two bogeys on his way to the clubhouse and said he was pleased with the effort in the conditions.

"It was very tough out there today. It was gusting to 30 miles per hour and was mostly a cross-wind off the left which is very difficult to play in,” he said.

“But I played well and was very patient - anything under par today feels like a 65 yesterday so I'm very happy.

"All I was trying to do was make pars and give myself a chance here and there and when I did that I managed to take them.

"I'm looking forward to the weekend, I am swinging it well and just need to stick to the boring stuff of one shot at a time."

Scotland’s Marc Warren posted the round of the day, a 64 that was as unexpected as Webster’s play.

Warren has missed eight cuts and withdrawn twice in his last 10 tournaments but showed no signs of that play with five consecutive birdies after the turn.

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