Peter Hedblom took the outright lead on Day 2 of the Perth International 2013, shooting a three-under round of 69.
Having shared the lead with three others Thursday, the Swede is now two shots clear of his nearest challenger, England's Ross Fisher.
Here's a look at the leaderboard with all the golfers back in the clubhouse.
|Peter Hedblom (SWE)||-3||-7|
|Ross Fisher (ENG)||-5||-5|
|Dimitrios Papadatos (AUS)||-1||-4|
|Jin Jeong (ROK)||E||-4|
|Soren Hansen (DEN)||-3||-4|
|Clint Rice (AUS)||E||-4|
|Josh Younger (AUS)||-2||-4|
|Bo Van Pelt (USA)||-1||-3|
|Richard Finch (ENG)||-3||-3|
|Brody Ninyette (AUS)||-3||-3|
|James Nitties (AUS)||1||-3|
Fisher shot the round of the day—and of the tournament thus far—with an impressive 67, surging past Hedblom before the Swede even started his round.
Ross Fisher cards a 67 - the best round of the event so far. News not so good for Paul Casey, who looks like missing the cut. #PerthIntl— Chris Robinson (@CJKRobinson) October 18, 2013
However, the Swede reclaimed the lead with early birdies at the first and fourth. He will be disappointed not to have a more substantial advantage, with dropped shots at six, 14 and 17 erasing impressive birdies at seven, nine, 13 and 15.
Hedblom reflected on his day to EuropeanTour.com, stating:
It's been two great days, but my golf is strange right now, because I hit really good shots, and some really poor shots, but my putting has been good. So it's great right now to be leading.
It's been a while, 2009 was my last win, but I know I have the game to do it. Right now would be good. We'll see, I think the closer you get to Sunday it's going to be harder.
I don't really have anything to lose. If I want to play another full year on Tour, I need to win. You just have to go for it and have fun.
He is, of course, chasing the crucial win he needs to retain his European Tour card. Currently sitting in 179th on the Race to Dubai, he knows that just the top 110 keep their playing rights for next season.
The only finish that will get Hedblom that ranking is a win.
His task was made easier by the fact that Jin Jeong, James Nitties and Clint Rice—co-leaders from Day 1—all failed to shoot under par.
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Jeong and Rice could only manage level-par 72s, while Nitties had to settle for a one-over round of 73.
There was also a disappointing two-over round for Dustin Johnson, while Paul Casey's one-under wasn't enough to see him survive the three-over cut.
Hedblom will resume his quest Friday morning, with play scheduled for 8 AEDT—Thursday at 5 p.m. ET. The Swede is grouped with Fisher and Soren Hansen for Day 3's festivities.