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DP World Tour: Sebastian Soderberg takes the lead at halfway stage of Mauritius Open

Sweden's Sebastian Soderberg mastered the windy conditions to claim the halfway lead at the Mauritius Open.

Soderberg recorded nine birdies and a double bogey in a second round of 65 at La Reserve Golf Links to reach 10 under par, a shot ahead of Marcel Schneider and Jacques P De Villiers.

Overnight leader Antoine Rozner is two shots off the lead after following his opening 62 with a 74, the defending champion sharing fourth place with the English duo of Paul Waring and Daniel Brown.

"It was just one of those days where it felt kind of easy," Soderberg said.

"It was windy but I was hitting my driver really well. I took care of the par fives and the two driveable par fours and made birdies on most of them.

"My short game was really good on those occasions when I did miss the green and my putting was solid. It was a good day."

In contrast, Waring carded one bogey, one double bogey and a triple bogey in his 73, but at least limited the damage thanks to five birdies.

"There was a lot of good stuff in there and a lot of rubbish, but that's golf I suppose," Waring said.

"They were quite clever with the set up and it was really hard to hit it close to some of the flags, especially on the crosswind holes.

"Off some of these elevated tees it’s really hard to control your ball into some of these fairways with long rough around as well."

That was music to the ears of course co-designer and former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, whose 69 left him three off the lead in pursuit of back-to-back wins.

"The first-round scoring was very low and on a golf course that you've co-designed, you want it to be as tough as it can be," Oosthuizen said.

"I think the scoring might still be good this week as the course needs time to settle in, but in the future it will be very tough."

Just one player was unable to finish the second round before play was suspended due to darkness, South Africa's Toto Thimba left needing to par the 18th to finish one under and ensure 65 players would make the cut on that mark.

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