(CNN) -- Sweden's Peter Hanson has edged closer to a place in Europe's Ryder Cup team after the second round of the Czech Open at Celadna on Friday.
Hanson carded a two-under-par round of 70 for a 36-hole total of 137 to share the lead with compatriot Fredrik Widmark.
The pair are one stroke clear of a group of four players including another Swede, Fredrik Andersson Hed.
"I'm driving OK and hit my irons shots very nicely. It is all about making those putts. I felt I could go low today and had a lot of opportunities on our front nine," Hanson told the official European Tour website.
Overnight leader Shiv Kapur of India carded a two-over-par round of 74 and is three stokes off the pace.
Hanson is currently 15th in the Ryder Cup points table, but a victory will move him up into the automatic places, at the expense of Paul Casey, with just one more qualifying tournament to come.
Another Ryder Cup hopeful, Simon Dyson, is among seven players a further shot behind. The Englishman is currently just one place behind Hanson in the Ryder Cup points table.
Big names Casey, Padraig Harrington and Luke Donald all face finishing out of the points standings and have all declined to complete in next week's final ranking event -- the Johnnie Walker Championship -- although will be hopeful of being amongst captain Colin Montgomerie's three wildcard selections.