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Omega European Masters 2017: Scott Hend Tops Friday Leaderboard at 13-Under Par

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist ISeptember 8, 2017

CRANS-MONTANA, SWITZERLAND - SEPTEMBER 08: Scott Hend of Australia plays an approach shot on the 18th  during Day Two of the 2017 Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club on September 8, 2017 in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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Scott Hend took the lead of golf's 2017 Omega European Masters at 13-under par after carding a second-round 63 at the Crans-sur-Sierre golf club in Switzerland.

The Australian finished with four birdies from his final five holes to take a firm grip at the top of the standings, with South Africa's Darren Fichardt in second place, one shot behindΒ on 12-under.

The European Tour provides the current leaderboardΒ here.

Recap

Hend began the day tied at the top of the leaderboard with Miguel Angel Jimenez and Tyrrell Hatton, but he started to show his form with an eagle at the seventh, and he finished at seven-under par for the day.

Fichardt, meanwhile, finished strongly with an eagle at the 15th, followed up by two birdies from his final three holes.

The Omega European Masters' Twitter account captured the moment when he confirmed his second spot:

OmegaEuropeanMasters @omegaEUmasters

Right on target @Darrenfichardt1 🎯 The South African is now only 1 shot behind the leader πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡¦ #OEM2017 https://t.co/RqDxgCxG1Z

It was a tougher day for Jimenez, who could only manage a disappointing 73. That left him three-under par after yesterday's round where he rolled back the years with some vintage play.

Elsewhere, the round of the day belonged to Lee Slattery, who put a poor first round of 75 behind him to card a 62, which propelled him up the leaderboard, as noted by the European Tour's official Twitter account:

The European Tour @EuropeanTour

What a good day looks like: ✏️ Card a 2nd round 62 πŸ§—β€β™€οΈ Move up 110 places on the leaderboard πŸ“ˆ Improve on your 1st round by 13 shots https://t.co/hGJ8szr6CH

Also impressing was Germany's Max Kieffer, who got off to a brilliant start by racking up the birdies, as noted by the European Tour:

The European Tour @EuropeanTour

Max Kieffer's brilliant run on the par 4s: Birdie, Birdie, Birdie, Birdie, Birdie, Birdie πŸ‘πŸ‘ https://t.co/SMGr1EmRhg

Haydn Porteous, winner of the Czech Masters, had a more difficult afternoon, carding a 69 to finish the day at two-under par.

England's Matthew Fitzpatrick also enjoyed a good day, finishing at eight-under par. His birdie at the 10th was a notable highlight, as captured by the Omega European Masters' Twitter account:

OmegaEuropeanMasters @omegaEUmasters

Always going in. @MattFitz94 birdies the 10th β†˜οΈπŸ•³ #OEM2017 https://t.co/S9VgCP1iHo

However, it is Hend and Fichardt who are the men to catch going into the weekend, with Thongchai Jaidee, Fabrizio Zanotti and Todd Sinnott tied in third place, four shots off the lead, as the action starts to hot up.

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