Golf - Course record sends Levy clear of pack in China

Frenchman Alexander Levy fired a course record 10-under-par 62 to storm four shots clear after the second round of the China Open and in pole position to claim a first European Tour title.

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Alexander Levy (Imago)

Levy, 23, fired eight birdies and an eagle in his second round after returning early to par the final hole of his first round after fading light had ended the opening day's play prematurely.

The 14-under mark of 130 left him well clear of unheralded Spaniard Adrian Otaegui (66), with joint overnight leader Alvaro Quiroz (68) in third a further shot back.

"It is a great round for me," Levy told the European Tour.

"I played unbelievably today and it's the first time I have played like that. I really like the course and it is in great shape."

Levy's best finish on the circuit was tied third at the BMW championship in Germany last year but a hot putter gave the world number 282 hope of entering the winner's circle after his best ever round on tour.

Big-hitting Spaniard Quiros produced a mix bag on Friday, compiling six birdies and an eagle in his round that also featured four bogeys.

Those differing scores were matched by England's Ian Poulter who went double bogey, triple bogey in his second round to be in the danger of missing the halfway cut.

The Englishman, however, recovered to birdie his penultimate hole to register a 74 to leave him at one-under for the tournament.

That was level with defending champion Brett Rumford of Australia, who fell down the field after a 75 which left his bid to become the first man to defend the title in ruins.

World number three Henrik Stenson was two shots better off on three-under after a 70 on Friday after the Swede's six birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey.

Stenson can leapfrog world number one Tiger Woods at the top of the rankings but the American's position looks safe with the Swede well off Levy's pace.

The cut was set at level par with U.S. PGA champion Jason Dufner just scraping into the weekend on the button after a one-under 71.

Scores after round two (par=144):

130 Alexander Levy (France) 68 62

134 Adrian Otaegui (Spain) 68 66

135 Alvaro Quiros (Spain) 67 68

136 Raphael Jacquelin (France) 69 67

137 Mikko Ilonen (Finland) 69 68

Richie Ramsay (Britain) 69 68

138 Tommy Fleetwood (Britain) 70 68

Simon Dyson (Britain) 67 71

139 Chris Doak (Britain) 71 68

Scott Jamieson (Britain) 71 68

Tyrrell Hatton (Britain) 68 71

Robert-Jan Derksen (Netherlands) 70 69

Andy Sullivan (Britain) 71 68

140 Marcel Siem (Germany) 71 69

Park Il-Hwan (South Korea) 68 72

Julien Quesne (France) 69 71

Francesco Molinari (Italy) 70 70

Marco Crespi (Italy) 71 69

Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spain) 70 70

141 Anders Hansen (Denmark) 73 68

Pablo Larrazabal (Spain) 71 70

Emiliano Grillo (Argentina) 70 71

Prom Meesawat (Thailand) 72 69

David Drysdale (Britain) 70 71

Richard Green (Australia) 70 71

Jorge Campillo (Spain) 71 70

Tom Lewis (Britain) 72 69

Jbe Kruger (South Africa) 74 67

Gaganjeet Bhullar (India) 71 70

Morten Madsen (Denmark) 73 68

Hennie Otto (South Africa) 70 71

Michael Hoey (Britain) 69 72

Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 71 70

142 Felipe Aguilar (Chile) 71 71

Scott Strange (Australia) 71 71

Eddie Pepperell (Britain) 70 72

Li Haotong (China) 73 69

Jose-Filipe Lima (Portugal) 72 70

Masahiro Kawamura (Japan) 73 69

143 Kang Ji-Man (South Korea) 71 72

Wu Ashun (China) 69 74

Ian Poulter (Britain) 69 74

Wu Kangchun (China) 73 70

David Horsey (Britain) 68 75

Ignacio Elvira (Spain) 69 74

Brett Rumford (Australia) 68 75

Gregory Havret (France) 70 73

Gregory Bourdy (France) 71 72

Oliver Fisher (Britain) 73 70

Seve Benson (Britain) 74 69

144 Matthew Griffin (Australia) 71 73

Simon Khan (Britain) 69 75

Jason Dufner (U.S.) 73 71

Terry Pilkadaris (Australia) 73 71

Ouyang Zheng (China) 72 72

Edoardo Molinari (Italy) 71 73

Romain Wattel (France) 70 74

Maximilian Kieffer (Germany) 73 71

Soren Kjeldsen (Denmark) 72 72

Mark Brown (New Zealand) 75 69

Anthony Wall (Britain) 72 72

Richard Bland (Britain) 69 75

Ricardo Santos (Portugal) 71 73

Eduardo De La Riva (Spain) 73 71

Lee Slattery (Britain) 72 72

Liang Wenchong (China) 70 74

Danny Willett (Britain) 73 71

Stuart Manley (Britain) 70 74

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145 DNQ David McKenzie (Australia) 74 71

Niclas Fasth (Sweden) 70 75

Matthew Nixon (Britain) 75 70

Dan Woltman (U.S.) 75 70

Ross Fisher (Britain) 74 71

Nick Cullen (Australia) 74 71

146 DNQ Peter Uihlein (U.S.) 69 77

Chris Wood (Britain) 73 73

Peter Whiteford (Britain) 73 73

Wade Ormsby (Australia) 69 77

Kristoffer Broberg (Sweden) 74 72

Craig Lee (Britain) 70 76

Graeme Storm (Britain) 71 75

Kim Dae-Sub (South Korea) 70 76

Yuan Tian (China) 70 76

147 DNQ Kim Bi-O (South Korea) 74 73

Matthew Baldwin (Britain) 76 71

Shiv Kapur (India) 73 74

Magnus Carlsson (Sweden) 79 68

Masanori Kobayashi (Japan) 72 75

Damien McGrane (Ireland) 73 74

Kim Si-Hwan (South Korea) 77 70

Guan Tianlang (China) 71 76

148 DNQ Joachim Hansen (Denmark) 73 75

Jeev Milkha Singh (India) 76 72

Gareth Maybin (Britain) 77 71

Paul Waring (Britain) 72 76

Li Xinyang (China) 75 73

Peter Lawrie (Ireland) 78 70

Victor Riu (France) 72 76

Johan Edfors (Sweden) 74 74

She Zihan (China) 74 74

149 DNQ Zhang Lianwei (China) 77 72

Shane Lowry (Ireland) 72 77

Jamie McLeary (Britain) 78 71

James Stewart (Hong Kong) 77 72

Jin Cheng (China) 75 74

Chen Dinggen (China) 72 77

150 DNQ Mou Chung-Ho (Taiwan) 75 75

Justin Walters (South Africa) 76 74

Dou Zecheng (China) 77 73

Su Dong (China) 76 74

Daan Huizing (Netherlands) 80 70

Huang Mingjie (China) 75 75

Mark Foster (Britain) 78 72

Jeong Jin (South Korea) 73 77

Garth Mulroy (South Africa) 74 76

151 DNQ Aaron Townsend (Australia) 74 77

Fan Zhipeng (China) 75 76

Xie Zhi (China) 77 74

Zhang Jin (China) 76 75

Alejandro Canizares (Spain) 76 75

Ricardo Gonzalez (Argentina) 77 74

Liu Yanwei (China) 76 75

Soren Hansen (Denmark) 72 79

Roope Kakko (Finland) 80 71

152 DNQ Stephen Dodd (Britain) 76 76

Robert Rock (Britain) 78 74

Huang Wenyi (China) 76 76

Nicolas Colsaerts (Belgium) 77 75

Kim Do-Hoon (South Korea) 76 76

Marc Warren (Britain) 74 78

He Zeyu (China) 79 73

David Howell (Britain) 75 77

153 DNQ Zhou Guowu (China) 80 73

He Shaocai (China) 80 73

Jin Daxing (China) 74 79

154 DNQ John Parry (Britain) 78 76

Rhein Gibson (Australia) 79 75

Wang Xu (China) 76 78

Johan Carlsson (Sweden) 77 77

Cao Yi (China) 76 78

Jun-Seok Lee (Australia) 76 78

Andrea Pavan (Italy) 77 77

Wang Minghao (China) 78 76

155 DNQ Kang Sung-Hoon (South Korea) 76 79

156 DNQ Jason Norris (Australia) 78 78

157 DNQ Hu Mu (China) 76 81

Yang Guangming (China) 79 78

Zhang Xinjun (China) 77 80

158 DNQ Peter Hedblom (Sweden) 80 78

Gareth Paddison (New Zealand) 79 79

161 DNQ Thomas Levet (France) 80 81

162 DNQ Feng Chuanbing (China) 81 81

163 DNQ Chen Zihao (China) 78 85

164 DNQ Daniel Popovic (Australia) 82 82

79 WDW Han Ren (China) 79

90 WDW Sam Yi (U.S.) 90

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