SAINT-OMER, France – Robert Dinwiddie of England shot a bogey-free 6-under 65 to lead by a stroke after the second round of the Saint-Omer Open on Friday.
Dinwiddie sank six birdies to climb to the top of the leaderboard with a 136 total.
“The wind wasn’t affecting the putting as much as yesterday,” Dinwiddie told the European Tour website. “But there were still some very tricky holes out there, so I’m delighted to have kept the bogeys off the card today.”
Overnight leader Martin Wiegele of Austria made two birdies and two bogeys to card an even-par 71 and slip to second place at 5-under 137.
“I made a few mistakes on my back nine, which cost me some shots,” Wiegele told the European Tour website. “But I recovered well on the last with a good bunker shot and a birdie putt from four meters, which brought me back into a good position. So that was a relief, and a nice way to finish.”
Jamie Elson of England was tied for third place with compatriot Matt Haines and Mark Haastrup of Denmark, two strokes off the pace. Haastrup finished third at the Estoril Open last weekend.
Colm Moriarty, who shared the lead after the first round, had a rough start. The Irishman made three bogeys on his front nine and could only pick up a shot after the turn to post a 73 and drop into joint-sixth place with Fabien Marty of France and Englishmen Andrew Marshall and Miles Tunnicliff at 139.
Past winners Carl Suneson of Spain and David Dixon of England missed the cut set at 145.
Dinwiddie’s best results on the European Tour were a third place at the Asian Open and a sixth place at the Scottish Open, both in 2008. He won the Kenya Open on the Challenge Tour this year.