Fitzpatrick opens up lead in Stockholm as Beef eats up the ground behind him


Matt Fitzpatrick holds a three-shot lead at the halfway mark in the Scandinavian Masters after carding a sparkling seven-under second round of 65.

The Englishman, eyeing his second European Tour title, is the man to catch in Stockholm heading into the weekend after his blemish-free round on Friday.

Fitzpatrick was just a solitary shot behind a group of six players who were in front after the first round and the 21-year-old surged to the top of the leaderboard after making seven birdies to sign for the lowest score of the week at Bro Hof Slott Golf Club.

The impressive Fitzpatrick has hit 32 greens in regulation this week and made three gains on the front nine to take the outright lead before making a further four birdies after the turn.

Nicolas Colsaerts moved into contention with a fine six-under 66 after the big-hitting Belgian started with a 70 in Stockholm on Thursday.

Colsaerts is one of five players in a share of second place following a round in which he made an eagle three at the first after starting on the back nine and came up with five birdies.

Fitzpatrick's compatriots Ross Fisher and Andrew Johnston are level with Colsaerts on eight under, along with Scott Henry and Alexander Bjork.

Johnston, nicknamed 'Beef', munched on a burger when play was suspended due to the threat of lightning and the replenished Open de Espana champion recovered from a double-bogey at the 10th to birdie three of his last four holes.

Lee Westwood, aiming to become the only player to win this tournament four times, dropped back to five under with a disappointing second round of 71.