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Yesterday it was Wade Ormsby who flew the Australian flag high when leading the Scandinavian Invitation after an opening round of 62 in Gothenburg in Sweden and today Jason Scrivener produced another low round (63) to move into a share of 4th place and three shots off the lead of Matthew Fitzpatrick at the halfway mark.
The eight-birdie effort moved Scrivener up 31 positions on the leaderboard and after a season which has seen not one top twenty in 12 starts since a 5th place at the Vic Open in February it was a welcome return to contention for the 30-year old West Australian who has yet to win on the European Tour.
Ormsby was unable to repeat yesterday’s heroics but managed a round of 71 to be tied for 6th place just one shot behind Scrivener, ensuring a lot of Australian interest during the weekend.
Nick Cullen and Brett Rumford are the next best of the Australians in 32nd place, while Adam Bland, Min Woo Lee and Deyen Lawson share 48th place.
Dimi Papadatos and Sam Brazel missed the cut by one shot.
The leader, Fitzpatrick, is back playing after a three-week break and is delighted where things are at with his game.
“It’s been a great the past two days. Everything going to plan so not sure what else to say.
“This summer has been really big for me in a lot of things. I have struggled the past three or four summers, and not had the results I have wanted or what I was working for, and this year we have been a little bit different.
“I think a lot of it has just been the way I have been feeling with my swing. I was only talking to Mike Walker the other day, we have done probably three things all year in working on my swing in terms of maintaining it for where it is. In previous years I can think of range sessions where I’ll go and I can’t feel that, I can’t feel that, and you just go round in circles.
“This year has been different, I wanted to prepare mentally, and I wanted to make sure we stuck to one process, along with the other stiff that we do on the range and it has definitely been better.”
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) August 23, 2019