European Golf Tour

Dredge claims solo lead in Denmark

Farso, Denmark ( - Bradley Dredge carded a 3-under 68 on Friday to move into sole possession of the lead after two rounds of the Made in Denmark.

Dredge, who was one of three first-round co-leaders, finished 36 holes at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort at 8-under-par 134.

"If someone had said I'll give you a 4-shot lead after 36 holes you would take it," stated Dredge. "I know a lot can happen and I've got to play really well over the weekend. There are some really good players chasing me, so I have to keep playing the way I have been and convert the chances I get."

The two-time winner on the European Tour is seeking his first title since the 2006 European Masters.

Simon Wakefield shot a 4-under 67 during his second round and is alone in second place at 4-under 138.

Danes Thorbjorn Olesen (70) and Thomas Bjorn (73), who held a share of the first-round lead, are tied for third place with David Drysdale (68) and Garrick Porteous (68) at minus-3.

Felipe Aguilar (74), the other first-round co-leader, Emiliano Grillo (69), Daniel Im (68), Matthew Nixon (67), Philip Archer (70) and Oliver Fisher (65) are tied for seventh at 2-under 140.

Dredge followed three opening pars with a bogey at the fourth to drop to 4- under, but he bounced right back with a birdie at the fifth.

He again traded a bogey at the sixth with a birdie at the seventh to make the turn at minus-5.

After tripping to another bogey at the 10th, Dredge caught fire to race to the top of the leaderboard as he closed his day with birdies at the 13th, 15th, 16th and 18th to claim a 4-stroke lead.

That birdie run included a chip-in at the 16th.

"I'm delighted with the way I played," said Dredge. "There were some chances out there. The wind wasn't quite as strong and in a slightly different direction, and luckily I managed to make some putts."

Wakefield had earlier started on the back nine and parred his first five holes before rolling in three straight birdies from the 15th.

A bogey at the 18th stopped his momentum and dropped him back to 2-under at the turn.

The Englishman then recorded birdies at the fourth and eighth among seven pars during his inward nine to finish at minus-4.

"I actually felt I played pretty well," said Wakefield. "I was here in 1999 and finished ninth in a Challenge Tour event, but I don't remember the course at all."

NOTES: There was an hour delay during the round due to the threat of lightning ... Estanislao Goya recorded a hole-in-one at the 10th ... Wakefield is seeking his first career win. He had missed the cut in seven of his last nine starts ... The cut line fell at 4-over 146, with 85 players advancing to the weekend.

08/15 15:19:20 ET