Moscow, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - David Horsey carded a 4-under 68 on Friday to remain on top of the leaderboard after two rounds of the Russian Open.
Horsey, who is seeking his third career win on the European Tour, finished 36 holes at Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club at 11-under-par 133.
"I've got a while now until the next round, so I'll be recharging the batteries this afternoon and hopefully I'll be raring to go tomorrow," said Horsey, who played in the fifth group off the 10th tee.
Thomas Pieters also shot 68 to move into second place at 9-under, while Peter Whiteford (71) and Gary Boyd (68) shared third at minus-7.
Scott Jamieson (72), Nacho Elvira (69), Maximilian Kieffer (71) and Gaganjeet Bhullar (71) are tied for fifth at 6-under 138.
Horsey followed a pair of opening pars with back-to-back bogeys at the 12th and 13th, dropping him to 5-under.
He got one of those strokes back with a birdie at the 14th, and later rolled in consecutive gains at the 17th and 18th to make the turn at minus-8.
The Englishman bogeyed the first to fall back to 7-under, but then converted four birdies in a 5-hole stretch from the fourth to jump to 11-under. He parred the last to end there and remain on top of the leaderboard.
"I got off to a slow start but I managed to bounce back well," said Horsey. "Dropping a couple of shots early on is always disappointing, but I knew there'd be plenty of chances to come and I just needed to stay patient and keep giving myself putts for birdie."
Pieters birdied the second and fourth to move to 7-under, and then countered a bogey at the sixth with consecutive birdies at the seventh and eighth to make the turn at minus-8.
He tripped to another bogey at the 12th, but again responded with back-to-back gains at the 13th and 14. A birdie at the 17th pulled him within a shot of Horsey, but he then bogeyed the last to fall back to 9-under and hand Horsey a 2-stroke lead heading into the weekend.
Whiteford recorded a double-bogey, three bogeys and six birdies during his up- and-down round, while Boyd countered three bogeys with seven birdies to earn his share of third place.
NOTES: Horsey's last win came at the 2011 Trophee Hassan II ... Pieters is seeking his first career win on the European Tour ... Whiteford had missed the cut in his last eight starts entering this week ... The cut line fell at 2- over 146, with 66 players advancing to the weekend.