DP World Tour: Nacho Elvira of Spain has taken an unexpected lead at the halfway point of the Made in HimmerLand tournament as he seeks a second DP World Tour victory.
The world number 584 has only made five cuts in 17 tournaments this year, with a high finish of 23rd, but he birdied six of his opening seven holes at Farso on his way to a fantastic second round of 62.
Elvira currently has a one-shot lead over Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre at the halfway mark, with England’s Ross Fisher a shot farther adrift.
Marc Warren of Scotland, who won the first tournament in 2014, and Richie Ramsay of Scotland are three strokes down after matching rounds of 64.
“That was what I call a quick start,” Elvira said. “I hit the ball really well from one to seven.
“On one, I hit it within a foot, on three, within two feet, and on four, so the golf was excellent. Then I tried to be patient and grab two or three more birdies, which I did.
“This game takes a lot out of you, especially mentally, and I believe things are getting better. It’s been a challenging season, very slow, with many things shifting and happening in my life, but I’m content with where I’m at.”
Warren got off to a similar start as Elvira, with birdies on the opening four holes and another on the seventh before missing his sole stroke of the day on the eighth.
“It was nice to get out in the sun this morning,” Warren added. “After the battle [Thursday] afternoon, there was less wind, so it was nice to take advantage of the better conditions and get off to a really hot start.
“[Having] good memories, a feel-good factor, is always beneficial. Some of the signage surrounding the location shows the year you won, and there are a few plaques throughout the place, which is pretty wonderful.
“It’s come up a few times this week, so it always brings back fond memories.”