Aussie Lawson drops to fifth in Austria

Australia's joint-overnight leader Deyen Lawson has slipped back to joint-fifth place at the halfway stage of the Euram Bank Open in Austria.

The Victorian carded a second-round 69 at Golf Club Adamstal to sit at eight-under par for the European Tour tournament, four shots behind Dutch leader Joost Luiten, who followed his opening 65 with an excellent 63 to reach 12 under.

Geelong-born Lawson had opened with a 63 to share the lead with Czech Stanislav Matus on Wednesday but two birdies and a bogey in his one-under effort on day two sees him now sit alongside Scotland's Chris Robb, American John Catlin and Swede Christofer Blomstrand in a four-strong group.

France's Joel Stalter and Sweden's Philip Eriksson are Luiten's closest rivals, sharing second on 10-under par with Frenchman Julien Brun one shot back.