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Local knowledge aids Edberg bid; GOLF.

SWEDEN'S Pelle Edberg continued to make full use of his "local" knowledge to claim a share of the lead at the halfway stage of the True Thailand Classic.

Edberg carded seven birdies and two bogeys to add a 67 to his opening 65 and finish 12 under par, a total matched late in the day by Australian Scott Hend after a brilliant 64.

The 36-year-old is one of seven players in the field to use Black Mountain Golf Club in Hua Hin as their winter training base and will have plenty of support as he looks to win his first European Tour title in his 200th event.

"I'm very happy," Edberg told European Tour Radio. "I'm more satisfied with the result today than yesterday. I was playing extremely good yesterday but today I played well, but not as good.

"It was a strong finish. I birdied 15, 16 and 17 and three-putted the last unfortunately for a par. Overall it was a good day. I saw a few guys showing up (on the leaderboard) and I knew there were a few birdies out there. You know when you have 16 through 18 to play, you'll have some birdie chances."

Asked about the prospect of securing his first win, Edberg added: "I think we have to talk about this on Sunday. But of course it feels nice to see your name up there. It gets easier as well but on the other hand, home soil, hopefully I'm not as nervous tomorrow as I was on Thursday."

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 12, 2016
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