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Lee Westwood cards an eight under par to lead in Stockholm clubhouse

WORLD number three Lee Westwood carded an eight-under-par 64 to take control of the Nordea Masters in Stockholm.

The Worksop golfer, who shot a 68 yesterday, registered eight birdies at Bro Hof Slott to take a three-shot clubhouse lead at 12 under par after two rounds.

Scotland's Lloyd Saltman also shot a 64 to take joint second place with Peter Hanson, while overnight leader Magnus Carlsson is five shots off the lead having gone round in level par today.

Westwood thinks being in the second group out helped his brilliant performance today.

"I think in the morning the greens are easier," the Englishman told Europeantour.com

"I deserved a 64. You have to be precise around this course.

"It's nice to be able to play well and put on a bit of a show."

Sergio Garcia birdied the first and fifth holes to move to within seven shots of the summit through five, while South African Richard Sterner charged up the leaderboard to claim a share of fourth after carding 67.

Hanson, who also shot 67 yesterday, was left to rue a double bogey at the 11th today.

"I didn't strike the ball as well as I would have hoped and 68 was a good result," said the Swede, who won the competition in 2008.

England's world number 661 Richard Bland, who took the early clubhouse lead yesterday with a 67, is due to tee off later this afternoon.