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Olesen Confident Of Weekend Charge

Thorbjorn Olesen says he is looking forward to the weekend after moving into contention at the Nordea Masters. Olesen knows a strong performance in Gothenburg will boost his chances of taking one of Europe’s eight automatic Ryder Cup places and he has given himself a good opportunity to land his sixth European Tour title.

The 28-year-old Dane, who started his round on Friday on the back nine, made a birdie at the 12th hole before making four successive gains from the 15th hole to reach the turn in 29, five-under-par for the day.

It was a more difficult affair on the front nine and the 2018 Italian Open champion mixed two bogeys with one birdie to sign for a four-under-par 66, leaving him in a seven-way tie for seventh on -6.

Speaking about his chances of lifting the trophy come Sunday evening, Olesen, as quoted by the European Tour, said: “I would like to keep playing like I did today over the next few days.

“If I can keep swinging the club the way I did today and keep playing like that, I think I’ll have a chance on Sunday.”

Scotland’s Scott Jamieson and England’s Paul Waring share the lead on -11 after carding rounds of 65 and 63 respectively, two strokes ahead of South African Thomas Aiken, who has sole possession of third.

American Hunter Stewart, Scotland’s Bradley Neil and England’s Lee Slattery are in a three-way share of fourth on -7, four shots off the leading duo.

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