Hedblom takes 2-stroke lead in Perth International

The Associated PressOctober 18, 2013
Hedblom takes 2-stroke lead in Perth International
Peter Hedblom, of Sweden, reacts to his putt on the 17th hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Merion Golf Club, Thursday, June 13, 2013, in Ardmore, Pa. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

PERTH, Australia (AP) -- Peter Hedblom shot a 3-under 69 Friday to take a two-stroke lead after two rounds of the Perth International.

The Swede, who is at 7-under 137, is two strokes clear of Ross Fisher, who had the lowest round of the day with a 67.

Needing a win to retain his European Tour card for next year, Hedblom says ''my golf is strange right now because I hit really good shots and some really poor shots. But my putting has been good. So it's great right now to be leading.''

Defending champion Bo Van Pelt has a share of eighth at 3 under, while Dustin Johnson, who had a share of the first-round lead, is tied for 21st at 1 under.