Benn Barham leads Austrian Open by 2 strokes over Green


European Tour

OBERWALTERSDORF, Austria – Benn Barham of Britain has equaled the lowest 36-hole score on the European Tour this season, a 13-under 129 at the Austrian Open that has him two strokes ahead of 2007 champion Richard Green of Australia.

Barham had five birdies in a 5-under 66 on Friday. His best result was third at last year’s Russian Open.

Green made four birdies in his final seven holes for a 66. Scott Drummond of Scotland trailed Barham by three strokes after a 68.

Soren Hansen of Denmark, the highest ranked player in the field at No. 42, is five shots back after a second 67.

Bradley Dredge of Wales hit seven straight birdies – one short of a European Tour record – to shoot 64.

Spain’s Jose Maria Olazabal missed the cut after a 72.