Westwood Charges in Sweden

  • Last Updated: June 8 2012, 16:48 BST

Lee Westwood showed why Sweden is a happy hunting ground for him as he carded a 64 to move three shots clear of the field at the Nordea Masters in Stockholm.

Lee Westwood: Shot a second-round 64

Westwood followed up his first round score of 68 by registering eight birdies to move to 12 under par ahead of a chasing pack of three that contained Scotland's Lloyd Saltman.

The Nordea Masters provided Westwood with his first European Tour victory in 1996 and he also won the event in 2000.

The Worksop golfer, currently ranked third in the world, was delighted to top the summit after day two.

"I've always enjoyed coming to Sweden, obviously winning here for the first time in 1996 gave me an affinity," he told Europeantour.com.

"And then I won again in 2000 when I won the money list so I've had a lot of success in Sweden and it's somewhere I enjoy coming to.

"I played nicely yesterday but today I played a little bit better.

"I'm getting to know the course a little bit better every day and it was there for the taking this morning. There was not a lot of wind and the greens were pretty pure.

"I'm putting the ball well and rolling it nicely on the greens which gives you confidence. I hit it pretty close so I gave myself a lot of chances."

Saltman, ranked 512 in the world, also carded a 64, the highlight of which was an albatross on the par five 12th that came after he struck a sweet three iron which rolled in from some 237 yards.

"I had a great number," he said. "I started walking then heard a little roar and knew it was in, so that was nice."

Saltman was joined by local favourite Peter Hanson and Spain's Carlos Del Moral at nine under.

Hanson had a double bogey at the 11th but recovered with three birdies in his next four holes.

"I didn't strike the ball as well as I would have hoped and 68 was a good result," said 2008 champion Hanson.

A score of 72 meant overnight leader Magnus Carlsson was five shots off the lead along with one-time clubhouse leader Richard Bland.

Sergio Garcia threatened briefly, but he found water at the par five 13th and made 69 to finish the six under in total.

132 Lee Westwood 68 64

135 Carlos Del Moral (Spa) 68 67, Peter Hanson (Swe) 67 68, Lloyd Saltman 71 64

136 Emiliano Grillo (Arg) 68 68, Michael Jonzon (Swe) 68 68, Ignacio Garrido (Spa) 67 69, Maarten Lafeber (Ned) 71 65, Richard Sterne (Rsa) 69 67

137 Richard Bland 67 70, Chris Wood 71 66, Magnus A Carlsson (Swe) 65 72

138 Daniel Denison 68 70, Roope Kakko (Fin) 70 68, Ross Fisher 70 68, Sergio Garcia (Spa) 69 69, Estanislao Goya (Arg) 70 68, Joakim Lagergren (Swe) 70 68, Pelle Edberg (Swe) 69 69, Michael Hoey 70 68

139 Jeev Milkha Singh (Ind) 73 66, Mikko Ilonen (Fin) 70 69, Kristoffer Broberg (Swe) 71 68, Felipe Aguilar (Chi) 69 70, Anthony Wall 69 70, Andy Sullivan 68 71, Thorbjorn Olesen (Den) 71 68, Alejandro Canizares (Spa) 68 71, Gregory Havret (Fra) 70 69

140 Peter Whiteford 71 69, Scott Strange (Aus) 71 69, Andrew Dodt (Aus) 71 69, Darren Fichardt (Rsa) 70 70, Brett Rumford (Aus) 69 71, Tjaart Van Der Walt (Rsa) 72 68, Alexander Noren (Swe) 74 66, Reinier Saxton (Ned) 70 70, Rafael Cabrera Bello (Spa) 71 69, Bernd Wiesberger (Aut) 69 71

141 Lucas Bjerregaard (Den) 73 68, Gareth Maybin 74 67, Julien Guerrier (Fra) 70 71, Edouard Dubois (Fra) 75 66, Pablo Larrazabal (Spa) 71 70, Johan Edfors (Swe) 72 69, Richard Green (Aus) 72 69, Robin Wingardh (Swe) 68 73, Jamie Donaldson 72 69, Mark Foster 70 71, Pablo Martin (Spa) 75 66, Edoardo Molinari (Ita) 72 69

142 Joakim Haeggman (Swe) 72 70, Gary Orr 72 70, Matthew Nixon 71 71, David Howell 72 70, Robert Karlsson (Swe) 72 70, Niklas Bruzelius (Swe) 71 71, Mark F Haastrup (Den) 73 69, Marcus Fraser (Aus) 72 70

143 Jesper Kennegard (Swe) 73 70, Jaco Van Zyl (Rsa) 69 74, Thongchai Jaidee (Tha) 73 70, Graeme Storm 73 70, Jamie Elson 73 70, Niclas Fasth (Swe) 69 74, Daniel Gaunt (Aus) 71 72, Richard McEvoy 71 72, Matthew Baldwin 67 76, Jens Dantorp (Swe) 76 67, David Lynn 70 73, Jason Knutzon (USA) 72 71, Romain Wattel (Fra) 72 71, Andrew Marshall 73 70, Knut Borsheim (Nor) 76 67, Tim Sluiter (Ned) 70 73

The following players failed to make the cut:

144 Hennie Otto (Rsa) 74 70, Christian Nilsson (Swe) 72 72, Hans Peter Bacher (Aut) 75 69, Niklas Lemke (Swe) 74 70, Jorge Campillo (Spa) 76 68, David Horsey 72 72, Anthony Snobeck (Fra) 75 69, Oscar Floren (Swe) 76 68, Raphael Jacquelin (Fra) 72 72, Wil Besseling (Ned) 72 72, Jordi Garcia (Spa) 73 71, David McKenzie (Aus) 72 72, Andrea Pavan (Ita) 70 74, Tommy Fleetwood 72 72, Victor Riu (Fra) 74 70

145 Andrew Johnston 74 71, Robert Jan Derksen (Ned) 72 73, Steve Webster 74 71, Augustin Domingo (Spa) 74 71, Peter Hedblom (Swe) 72 73, Lloyd Kennedy 72 73, Jose Manuel Lara (Spa) 74 71, Joel Sjoholm (Swe) 70 75, Scott Hend (Aus) 73 72, Richard S Johnson (Swe) 74 71, Taco Remkes (Ned) 72 73, Sam Little 76 69

146 Alvaro Velasco (Spa) 72 74, Federico Colombo (Ita) 73 73, Phillip Price 71 75, Rhys Davies 72 74, Steven O'Hara 74 72, Rikard Karlberg (Swe) 73 73, Miles Tunnicliff 74 72, Bradley Dredge 76 70

147 Chris Gane 72 75, Adam Gee 74 73, Oliver Wilson 76 71, Kenneth Ferrie 75 72, Scott Jamieson 73 74, Jonas Blixt (Swe) 73 74, Shane Lowry 71 76, Alastair Forsyth 74 73, Benjamin Hebert (Fra) 73 74

148 Sam Hutsby 75 73, Damien McGrane 75 73, Alessandro Tadini (Ita) 73 75, David Lingmerth (Swe) 74 74, Mathias Gronberg (Swe) 77 71, Simon Thornton 74 74

149 Adrien Bernadet (Fra) 73 76, Craig Lee 72 77, Niclas Carlsson (Swe) 76 73, Shiv Kapur (Ind) 72 77, Guillaume Cambis (Fra) 74 75, Adrian Otaegui (Spa) 72 77, Simon Wakefield 77 72, Raymond Russell 77 72

150 Alex Haindl (Rsa) 75 75, Mikael Lundberg (Swe) 78 72, Thomas Norret (Den) 79 71, Bjorn Hellgren (Swe) 77 73, Jarmo Sandelin (Swe) 75 75, Jeff Karlsson (Swe) 74 76, Bernd Ritthammer (Ger) 75 75, Charles-edouard Russo (Fra) 75 75

151 Pontus Widegren (Swe) 80 71, Lorenzo Gagli (Ita) 73 78

152 Jamie Moul 77 75, Sam Walker 78 74, David Dixon 76 76, Scott Pinckney (USA) 74 78, Fredrik Andersson Hed (Swe) 79 73

153 Gavin Samuels 77 76, Martin Erlandsson (Swe) 78 75, Peter Gustafsson (Swe) 77 76, Oskar Henningsson (Swe) 80 73, Matthew Southgate 80 73

155 Warren Abery (Rsa) 77 78

158 Viktor Edin (Swe) 77 81, Oliver Fisher 81 77