Atzenbrugg, Austria – Thorbjorn Olesen carded a 4-under 68 Thursday to take a 3-shot lead with the second round of the Lyoness Open suspended for the day.
Olesen finished his first round earlier Thursday and was tied for the lead after an 8-under 64. He finished 36 holes at 12-under 132.
"I took a lot of confidence from how I played and how I handled the pressure last week. It was special to play with Tiger [Woods], and I managed to play quite well, which shows that I'm not too fazed by anything anymore," said Olesen, who played with Woods in the third round at the British Open last week.
Olesen tied for ninth last week at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
The first round had been suspended due to inclement weather on Wednesday and was finished earlier Thursday. The morning wave of the second round all completed their second rounds on Thursday.
Thomas Levet carded a 2-under 70 and is alone in second place at 9-under 135. Richard Bland moved into third place at minus-8 after a second-round 67.
Oscar Floren (69), Wil Besseling (72) and Bernd Wiesberger (66) shared fourth place at 7-under 137 at the Diamond Country Club.
Pablo Larrazabal, who shared the lead after the first round, was 2-over par through nine holes of round two and fell into a share of seventh at minus-6.
Olesen played the back nine first on Thursday and dropped in back-to-back birdie chances from the 12th to move to 10-under. He tripped to a bogey on the par-3 15th, then parred his next six holes.
The Dane birdied the fourth from 12 feet out and followed with his second birdie in two days at the fifth.
Olesen, who claimed his first European Tour win earlier this year at the Sicilian Open, rolled in a 3-foot birdie putt on the eighth to get to 12- under. He parred the last to lead by three.
"There was quite a strong wind out there at times. I struggled a bit round the turn and hit a few bad drives, but I managed to hit some good shots coming home, so I'm happy to get in on 12-under par," Olesen said. "It's been a long day, but a very good one."
Levet also played the back nine first on Thursday. He birdied the 10th and 14th to go with seven pars. On the front side, he stumbled to a bogey on the first, but atoned for that mistake with a birdie at the second.
The Frenchman birdied seventh for the second day in a row, but he gave that shot right back with a bogey on the eighth.
"I think I only made two putts outside a meter this morning and yesterday, which shows you how well I've been hitting my irons," Levet stated.
NOTES: Defending champion Kenneth Ferrie tripped to a 1-over 73 in round two to finish 36 holes at 1-under-par 143, which was good for a share of 33rd...The projected cut is plus-1.