Henrik Stenson admits he could have made more inroads than the seven birdies he carded in his second round at the BMW International in Germany, but the Swede is willing to wait for his rewards.
Runner-up at the event in each of the past two seasons, Stenson shares the lead at halfway with Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Raphael Jacquelin on 11-under par.
The European Ryder Cup star was forced to miss last week’s US Open in Pennsylvania with a knee problem but there were no signs of that as he continued his good form in Pulheim.
Stenson has dropped just one shot in 36 holes having made a bogey-free second round of 65 to go with his opening 68.
The leading trio are one shot clear of Dane Thorbjorn Olesen with Zander Lombard in fifth on nine-under and a two-shot gap back to the next group of four players.
Stenson admitted his second round could have been better but he was content to take what he got.
“It was definitely a very solid round,” said Stenson. “I hit most of the fairways and most of the greens, I could have been closer on a couple of them, but greed is a terrible thing.”
Stenson is now 2.63 to win the BMW International while Aphibarnrat is 8.00 and Frenchman Jacquelin is 13.00.
Sergio Garcia appeared to be making a charge towards the top of the leaderboard when he fired four birdies in his first five holes and then recorded a hole-in-one at the par-three 11th hole.
The Spaniard earned further birdies at the 13th and 15th holes but then dropped three shots in his final three holes to reach the halfway stage on five-under par – six shots off the pace.