Matthew Fitzpatrick will take a two-stroke lead into the weekend at the Scandinavian Invitation after firing five birdies on his back nine to keep home hero Henrik Stenson at bay.

The Englishman, who won this event in 2016, carded six birdies and a single bogey in his second-round 65 to move to 11-under-par.

His playing partner and Gothenburg native Stenson is in a tie for second place alongside China's Wu Ashun after reeling off six consecutive birdies around the turn on his way to a sensational 62, which began with a bogey and featured nine birdies in total.

Gavin Moynihan leads the Irish charge. He's four-under after carding an excellent 67, while Paul Dunne and Michael Hoey are propping up the leaderboard on eight-over and ten-over respectively following.

The enormous crowds cheered their every birdie as Fitzpatrick and Stenson took full advantage of favourable afternoon scoring conditions at Hills Golf & Sports Club.

After opening his second round with a bogey, Fitzpatrick made birdies at the fourth and 10th before rolling in from 30 feet for another at the 13th.

The 24-year-old swung in a second enormous birdie putt from some 35 feet at the short 15th to take the outright lead before extending his advantage to two shots with a close-range birdie on the 16th.

And Fitzpatrick closed his round with a sixth birdie of the day to stay two clear of the chasing pack.

Fitzpatrick told the European Tour's official website: "It's been great the past two days. Everything going to plan."

Swede Joakim Lagergren and Australian Jason Scrivener, who had set the clubhouse target earlier in the day, are one shot behind Stenson and Wu in a tie for fourth on eight under.