Lyoness Open. Lundberg Leads at Half-Way. June 06 2014

dragon logo dark     Mikael Lundberg leads the Lyoness Open at the half way stage at the Diamond Country Club in Austria. Mikael Lundberg  (Getty Images) Mikael teeing off on the 10th / Getty Images Mikael followed his open round 67 with his second round -4 under 68, to lead the Lyoness Open by one shot at -9 under par for the tournament. He is not surprised to be in that position; “I hit a lot of good shots early on and managed to make some putts, so that got my confidence up. It’s a nice feeling when you get your distance control right with your wedges, because it takes a lot of pressure on your putting. Starting early means the course was slightly softer. On the back nine it started to dry out and that made it harder." “It got tougher and tougher the longer the round went on, because the course got really firm and fast towards the end, so whilst it may look and feel easy, it never is. I’ve been doing some great work with my new coach, Neil Jordan, over the last few weeks, and my game is feeling a lot more solid as a result. So whilst I didn’t maybe expect to play this well here, it’s not a complete shock to me either.” Second place belongs to Lee Slattery who had a great second round of -6 under par 66, to get him up to -8 under par in the competition. Lee carded an Eagle, five birdies and one bogey in his round, saying it was indeed great to get back into form after a hectic few months; "We moved house, got married and had a baby so it's been a really hectic six to nine months, it's nice to find a little bit of formIt was great, I got off to a decent start again today, and I was off and running. I made some good up and downs at important times, which kept the momentum going. "   “It’s a tricky course, there are potential disasters on every hole so you definitely can’t afford to get ahead of yourself. It’s quite old school golf where you’ve got to control your ball and put it in the right places. That suits me, so I’m enjoying it.” Fabrizio Zanotti is in third spot at -7 under par, he also carded -4 under par 68 today. Defending Champion Joost Luiten carded -5 under par 67 to move into contention at that score, tied in fifth place. He was very happy to be back in the hunt; "I'm very happy with five under, I made some nice saves for par and that's what you have to do around this course. You are going to be out of position sometimes and you have to play smart and try to save par." "I am right back in there and that was the goal today, to try to make some ground on the leaders. We will see what happens and we have still 36 holes to go."