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Alex Noren has reeled in and edged past overnight leader Keith Horne in the second round of the Saab Wales Open.

Alex Noren has reeled in and edged past overnight leader Keith Horne in the second round of the Saab Wales Open.

The Swede, one of the earlier starters at Celtic Manor’s Twenty/10 Ryder Cup course, shot a 5-under 67 to take his 36-hole tally to 8-under and move one ahead of Horne, who, at this stage, had still to tee-off and as it was then, Noren led Horne by one and was two ahead of England’s Paul Broadhurst, Frenchman Victor Dubuisson and Sweden Peter Hanson, one of the Ryder Cup players in the field

Noren finished at four under par for the second day running, but when he still had five holes to play, you would never have said it was possible.

But it certainly was – and largely due to a hat trick of birdies from the 14th followed by a four at the par five last.

It gave the former Omega European Masters winner the clubhouse lead.

Like Horne, defending champion Graeme McDowell, who opened with a 67, had still to tee off.

In the meantime, 50-year-old Tour veteran Barry Lane, one of the earliest starters, had kept alive his hopes of being The European Tour’s oldest-ever winner with a 69 for a five under.

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