Bond sets pace in Wales
Liam Bond made the most of his last-minute call-up to the Wales Open to set the clubhouse target midway through the second round.
Bond only got a phone call telling him he was in the £1.8million event on Wednesday afternoon but made the most of his opportunity with rounds of 69 and 68 to finish five under par at Celtic Manor.
The 43-year-old world number 1,528, who is the club professional at nearby St Pierre, won his European Tour card on his 16th visit to the qualifying school in 2010 but was unable to retain it after finishing 191st on the Order of Merit in 2011.
Since then he has concentrated largely on regional events, winning three this season, and missed the cut in his only Challenge Tour event of 2013 in Scotland in June.
"I'm playing way better than when I had my card in 2011," Bond said.
"If I was on tour this year I would be loving it but I put myself under a lot of pressure when I was on the tour.
"I feel my game is still pretty good and I only found out I was playing on Wednesday afternoon so I didn't have any time to over-prepare like I have done in the past. The pressure is off because I'm not trying to keep my card.
"I only live 10 minutes down the road so it's nice to be so close to home. I'll be at home with my slippers on this afternoon and a nice cup of tea."
At five under, Bond was two off the lead held by Norway's Espen Kofstad, who had still not been overtaken since setting the clubhouse target of seven under more than 26 hours earlier.
Kofstad was in the first group out at 7:25am on Thursday morning alongside Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley and made a brilliant first impression in the opening qualifying event with an opening 64.
The 26-year-old began his second round in equally fine style with a birdie on the 11th and also birdied the 15th, but that was sandwiched between bogeys at the 14th and 16th to leave him seven under.