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Kim Do-hoon leads into the weekend

Although Kim Do-hoon almost failed to make it into the China Open field, the South Korean has his eyes firmly set on victory after taking a one-stroke lead in the second round on Friday.

Kim carded a steady round of 69 for an 11-under 133 total going into the weekend, his only blemish on day two being a bogey on the par-four 18th.

“I was the last Korean to get a spot (in the field),” said the unheralded 21-year-old. “So I just wanted to make the cut coming here. But now I’m in the lead I will be aggressive and hope to win.”

Kim was ahead of a trio of players tied for second place, including Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee who had shared the lead following the opening round. South Korea’s Yang Yong-eun and Briton Jamie Donaldson were also on 10 under.

Thongchai had four birdies and two bogeys for a 70, while Donaldson added a 68 to his first day 66.

Yang made the most of the warmer conditions on Friday as he enjoyed a hot streak to sink four successive birdies from the 11th to finish on six-under 66.

At one stage it seemed as if he could catch or even surpass Kim’s score but an undercooked approach on the short par-4 16th left him short. Erratic irons on the 17th and 18th also lost him ground and he was lucky to make par on both holes.

“Yesterday was a bit chilly to say the least and that affected my overall game,” said Yang. “The elements were much friendlier today so I was more aggressive.”

Pablo Larrazabal of Spain and Finland’s Mikko Ilonen were a stroke further back in fifth place.

Colin Montgomerie restored a little pride in the battle of the Ryder Cup captains. Although American Corey Pavin finished round two tied for eighth place with a total of seven under, his European counterpart closed the gap to make the cut with four-under.



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