ENGLAND’S Ross Fisher moved into contention to regain the Porsche European Open title he won seven years ago, firing a six-under-par second round of 65 to share the halfway lead in Germany with compatriot Graeme Storm and former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel.
Fisher claimed the prestigious title in 2008 at the London Golf Club in the event’s penultimate staging before it dropped off The Race to Dubai for six years.
Despite the tournament moving to a new venue in Golf Resort Bad Griesbach, Fisher still has ‘good vibes’ associated with the event, and he posted seven birdies to surge up the leaderboard.
The former Ryder Cup player moved to 10 under par for the tournament, the same total as South African Schwartzel, who signed for a bogey-free round of 66, and Storm, who chipped in for an eagle three on the 10th hole en route to a 67.
BMW PGA Champion Byeong Hun An also eagled the 10th in his round of 65 and he is one shot behind the leading trio on nine under par, along with Englishman Richard McEvoy, who bogeyed the last hole in fading light to drop out of a share of the lead, posting a round of 67.
A year on from his Ryder Cup heroics, Jamie Donaldson looks to be regaining his form, the Welshman carding a round of 68 to sit three shots back on seven under par, in a share of seventh place.
And on home soil there was a special moment for German Max Kieffer, who made his 22nd consecutive cut on the European Tour with two rounds of 68, meaning he now has the longest active streak of cuts made.
Harrogate’s John Parry is tied 15th (66 70), missing four birdies in the first 10 holes with bogeys at six, 15 and 18.
Hull’s Richard Finch (66 72) shares 34th place, two birdies and an eagle being offset with a stroke’s interest by three bogeys and a double bogey.