European Ryder Cup player Graeme McDowell continued his fine form at the Austrian Open with a sparkling 68 to share the lead midway through the second round on Friday.
The Briton, returning to action for the first time since last month's U.S. PGA Championship, conjured up five birdies to move to seven-under 137, level with Spaniard Jose Manuel Lara and Sweden's Pelle Edberg.
"It's very much the old cliche of a game of two halves, this golf course," world number 14 McDowell told the European Tour's website (www.europeantour.com).
"This front nine's quite tricky and you've got to drive the ball unbelievably well to have any chance of making birdies," added the Briton, who lies second on the European Tour money list behind Ryder Cup team mate Martin Kaymer of Germany.
McDowell is playing his last tournament before the Ryder Cup match against the U.S. at Celtic Manor in Wales from Oct. 1-3.