Gregory Bourdy doubled his advantage to a four-shot lead after the second round of the Austria Open on Friday as he targets a fifth European Tour title.
After a first-round 65, the Frenchman carded a 67 on Friday to be 12 under par, four clear of compatriot Gary Stal and England’s Chris Wood.
“I have been playing well so the confidence has been growing, probably since the Spanish Open but I have been playing well all year — it was just a case of putting it all together,” said Bourdy.
“It’s always nice to be leading a tournament and that is why we practice so hard: to compete and to win events.
“Hopefully I can get a win this week but I have to stay focussed and play shot by shot and see where it takes me on Sunday.”
The 33-year-old Bourdy made five birdies on the back nine after starting at the tenth.
He had a first bogey of the week on the first, before a 13th birdie of the week followed.
Spanish pair Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Carlos Pigem share fourth on seven under, while home favourite Bernd Wiesberger missed the cut on two over.
Russia’s Andrey Pavlov carded a record score but not the kind he’ll remember fondly after shooting an embarrassing 17 on the par-five first hole.
Pavlov had hit a respectable 71 in Thursday’s opening round but Friday’s second round got off to a disastrous start.
He found the water six times on his way to a 17, tying the unwanted record for most strokes at one hole in a European Tour event which was set by Chris Gane at Gleneagles in 2003.
The all-time worst score for one hole is 20 carded by Philippe Porquier at the 1978 French Open.
Pavlov finished Friday’s round on 90 and a two-round total 161.