Scott Hend has continued his fine year in Europe by taking the 54-hole lead in the Omega European Masters in Switzerland.
Hend, who played himself into the Australian Olympic Games team with strong form in Europe and Asia, where he won in Thailand, carded a third-round 65 today to lead the tournament by a shot from Alex Noren of Sweden.
"I played really nice golf," Hend said. "I left a few shots out there but made a couple of par saves which made up for it. It was unfortunate on 18 when my ball managed to run between the bunkers down the cart path. One shot clear is better than none. I just want to play solid golf again and hopefully hole some more putts and see where we end up.
"Hopefully Alex and I can forge ahead and create a gap between us and the field and battle it out on the back nine. I should have won more. I had chances to win more but I've only won twice. I'm hungry to win more than twice or three times or more than four. I want to win as many times as I can."
Fellow-Australian Richard Green is tied-eighth after a 71 today.
Meanwhile on the US Tour, Jason Day and Adam Scott both lost ground on the second day of the Deutschbank Championship in Boston.
Scott is tied-29th after an even-par second round, and Day strugging well back in the field along with Marc Leishman, Aaron Baddeley and John Senden. Kevin Chappell of the United Sttaes is on top of the leaderboard.
On the LPGA Tour in Canada, Australia's Minjee Lee vaulted into fifth place in the Manulife LPGA Classic with a brilliant third-round 66. Through 54 holes Lee is three shots off the lead held by Mi Hyang Lee of South Korea.