Hjerstedt, who lives in Australia, played on the Japanese circuit last year, but decided to try his luck in Europe. He finished joint 13th in the Kronenbourg Open in Italy last Sunday, but was second reserve for Lyons this week. He said: 'I have to thank two players who withdrew. I don't know who they were. I'm just pleased they couldn't make it.' Hjerstedt has to finish in the top 10 at Lyons to qualify for the next event in Rome. If he wins he is exempt on the Tour for three years.
Joint second after the first round, three shots behind Miller, Hjerstedt had five birdies and no bogeys. Miller, pulling his own clubs on a trolley for the second day, held on for a 71 and a 136 aggregate, while Nobilo, who had a 67, and McGinley, 69, improved their winning chances.