Donaldson finds form to put pressure on leaders in Malmo

Max Orrin and Renato Paratore overcame hard weather to card five-under-par 68 for a share of the Nordea Masters lead on Thursday, while Henrik Stenson could only shoot par.

The duo both signed for five-under-par 68s at Barsebäck Golf and Country Club on Thursday, very solid rounds amid windy conditions that made scoring tough.

Dunne's challenge was crippled by double-bogeys on the fifth and 17th holes, with a birdie four on the 12th the sole shot gained throughout his round.

Only a dozen of the early starters managed to get round under par.

Donaldson had missed the cut in five of his nine events in 2017, but the world number 256 carded five birdies and one bogey - his first of the week - on Friday to head into the weekend in pole position.

Storm shared the clubhouse lead for a long spell with compatriot Max Orrin on five under par before Donaldson carded his second consecutive 69.

Welshmen Bradley Dredge and 2014 European Ryder Cup hero Jamie Donaldson share third at 4 under.

Noren, a two-time victor of the event and who Sunday won the BMW PGA Championship, said Thursday's start had been "quite hard". I have been playing quite nicely recently, but just not quite putting it all together.

"I played nice yesterday and managed to get round in level par and then played great today".

"It was tough out there, a lot of swirling winds which made it hard judging clubs, but I managed to put a good score together in the end", the 23-year-old said.

Local favorites Henrik Stenson and Alex Noren made poor starts, carding 73 and a 2-over 75 respectively. He's made a good start in Sweden. "We're good friends and he's pushing me as hard as he can".

  • Julie Sanders