Thorbjorn Olesen will go into the weekend of the Turkish Airlines Open with a six-shot lead over the field after a stunning round on Friday.
The Dane broke the course record with a nine-under par 62 to move into a commanding position with two rounds to go, as per Sky Sports Golf. In fact, his total of 15-under par is the lowest halfway total in the competition's history.
Spaniard Adrian Otaegui and Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee sit five shots back of Olesen at nine-under par and head up a very congested chasing pack.
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Olesen came into Friday’s round after starting the tournament with an encouraging six-under par 65 on Thursday, and he picked up from where he left off immediately.
A birdie on the first was followed by three more birdies on six, eight and nine to move the Dane up to 10-under for the tournament.
The 26-year-old gave a shot back at the tricky 11th but only responded by going on a rampage.
After picking up a birdie on 13, he took dead aim at the 172-yard par three and judged it to perfection, per European Tour:
But the three-time European Tour winner wasn’t done there, as he went one better at the par-five 15th.
After two big blows, Olesen left himself a 40-footer for an eagle, which he duly dispatched, per ET:
Another birdie followed at the 17th after a stunning recovery shot from the trees before another dropped on 18 for Olesen to reach his 15-under total.
TurkishAirlinesGolf was one of many praising the leader’s play on Friday, saying he was on fire on the links:
Olesen’s remarkable round was almost matched by Otaegui’s brilliance earlier in the day, as the Spaniard carded a 63 of his own to move 28 places up the leaderboard into second.
Otaegui carded eight birdies—including five on the spin during the back nine—and didn’t pick up a single bogey on the way to his 63.
Flying the English flag in Turkey is David Horsey, who sits in a tie for fourth.
The Horse showed flashes of brilliance on his way to a 67 and eight-under total, where he’s joined by Joakim Lagergren, Matteo Manassero and Haotong Li.
The day was all about Olesen, though. His ball striking was flawless on Day 2, while the flat stick was red hot.
If he continues to putt so brilliantly, he’ll be out of sight by the end of Saturday. The €1 million prize pot is in sight for the Dane.