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Johan Edfors takes over the lead with a 64

Johan Edfors proved he was back to full fitness after knee surgery when the Swede grabbed the second-round lead at the Spanish Open on Friday.

An eight-under 64 at the Real Club earned Edfors a one-shot advantage on 10-under-par 134 over Briton Mark Foster (66) and Spain’s Sebi Garcia (67).

Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin (67) and Britain’s Danny Willett (68) were a further stroke back on 136.

Edfors fought jet-lag after flying in from last week’s European Tour event in South Korea but found the form that won him three titles in 2006, collecting nine birdies and just one dropped shot.

Two months ago the 34-year-old underwent keyhole surgery on his right knee to remove loose cartilage. Within three weeks he was back playing again and soon recorded a seventh and a fourth-place finish.

“The knee kept swelling up and I was having trouble walking,” Edfors told reporters, “but it felt better an hour after the operation and I’m completely free of problems now.”

The Swede said he was ready to fight for the Ryder Cup debut that eluded him four years ago.

“I won three times in 2006 and if I can get things going I can win three again,” added Edfors. “The Ryder Cup is my main goal.”

Foster won the 2003 Dunhill Championship in South Africa after a six-man playoff but has never repeated that kind of form.

The Englishman also suffered jet-lag after the trip from Korea but warded off fatigue with the help of his female caddie Janet Squire.

“I got Janet to walk the course for me and check it out on Wednesday instead of playing myself, to conserve energy,” said Foster. “She did a great job.”

Garcia, 28, who was born in England but lives in Majorca, birdied five of the last seven holes to climb into contention.

Jacquelin has a proven track record in Spain, having won the 2005 Madrid Open while Willett, a former world number one amateur, fired his career-best round of 64 at the Real Club in 2008 before becoming a professional.

Colin Montgomerie again slipped back late in his round to card a 71 which left him two-under, eight off the lead.

The Ryder Cup captain blamed nearby disco music for a final-hole lapse on Thursday but this time conceded it was his fault. “I just can’t finish off a round,” he said.

The halfway cut fell at level-par 144, causing former Ryder Cup player Darren Clarke some embarrassment and a rapid return journey to Seville.

The Briton had flown home expecting to be one shot over the cut-off mark after rounds of 75 and 69.

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