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Worried Hend seizes halfway lead the Omega European Masters

Crans Montana, September 9: Reigning Order of Merit champion Scott Hend continued his dominance at the Omega European Masters despite having to worry about his children back home in Florida due to the approaching Hurricane Irma on Friday.
 
The 44-year-old Australian, who has his wife Leanne on the bag this week, maintained his one-shot lead after signing for a flawless seven-under-par 63, highlighted by an eagle on the famous seventh hole and five other birdies, at the Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club.
 
Hend seized a one-shot lead over South African Darren Fichardt, who carded a matching 63, with a two-day total of 13-under-par 127 and remained on track to redeem himself after losing the title to Alex Noren of Sweden on the first play-off hole last year.
 
Thai star Thongchai Jaidee, Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay and Asian Tour rookie Todd Sinnott of Australia stayed four shots off the pace in third place following respective rounds of 66, 65 and 66 at the €2.7 million (approximately US$3.25 million) event.
 
Defending champion Noren carded a 67 to tie in 32nd position on 137 alongside a host of players, which include former winner and Asian Tour Order of Merit leader David Lipsky, who signed for a 70.
 
A total of 77 players made the halfway cut set at even-par 140 at the Swiss showpiece, which remains as the only tournament on European soil to be co-sanctioned by the Asian and European Tours.
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