Sweden’s Pelle Edberg continued to make full use of his “local” knowledge to claim a share of the lead at the halfway stage of the True Thailand Classic.
Edberg carded seven birdies and two bogeys to add a 67 to his opening 65 and finish 12 under par, a total matched late in the day by Australian Scott Hend after a brilliant 64.
The 36-year-old is one of seven players in the field to use Black Mountain Golf Club as their winter training base and will have plenty of support as he looks to win his first European Tour title in his 200th event.
“I’m very happy,” said Edberg. “I’m more satisfied with the result today than yesterday. I was playing extremely good yesterday but today I played well.
“It was a strong finish. I birdied 15, 16 and 17 and three-putted the last unfortunately for a par. Overall it was a good day.
“I saw a few guys showing up (on the leaderboard) and I knew there were a few birdies out there. You know when you have 16 through 18 to play, you’ll have some birdie chances.”
Asked about the prospect of securing his first win, Edberg added: “I think we have to talk about this on Sunday. But of course it feels nice to see your name up there. It gets easier as well but on the other hand, home soil, hopefully I’m not as nervous tomorrow as I was on Thursday.
“I’ll get more nervous when you know people are watching you.”
Hend only arrived in Thailand at 1am on Wednesday after making the long journey from Miami, where he shot 22 over par to finish 63rd in the 66-man field in the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
However, the 43-year-old showed no ill effects and a change of driver contributed to a round containing six birdies and an eagle to equal the course record.
Malton’s Simon Dyson missed the cut after adding a 73 to his opening 75.