Raphaël Jacquelin maintained his lead at the BMW Asian Open today in Shanghai, firing a second round 69 to go to 9-under-par, three strokes ahead of Korean Sung-man Lee.
Following his first round of 66, Jacquelin recorded two bogeys today, results of errant approaches. But his putting remained solid: He birded five of the last 12 holes, including the par-4 10th, the par-5 13th and the par-4 16th.
Lee recorded three birdies and one bogey for a round of 70.
For the second time in two weeks, Jacquelin finds himself leading a tournament heading into the weekend (He was the midway leader at last week's Volvo Open).
But while Jacquelin pulled away from much of the field, the big story today was Colin Montogermie, who started the second round three off the lead, but slipped to five-back after a round of 70.
Two front-nine bogeys neutralized two birdies for the Scotsman, who was able to turn his round around again only by sinking a 15-footer on the par-5 15th for eagle, after reaching the green in two with a 265-yard 3-wood.
Søren Kjeldsen, the first round co-leader, struggled on the back nine today, recording a double-bogey on the par-4 16th and a bogey on the par-4 17th to slip four-back of Jacquelin.
Others in striking distance as the tournament heads into the weekend are Spaniard Miguel Jimenez, who shot a second round 69 to put him 5-under, and Austrian Markus Brier, winner of last week's Volvo Open, who also shot 69 to reach 4-under.
John Daly, one of the few Americans in the field, dropped to 11-over-par and missed the cut.
The BMW Asian Open is held in conjunction with the European PGA Tour, the Asian Tour and the China Golf Association.
April 20, 2007
With stellar play on the back nine at Royal Birkdale, Padraig Harrington shot a 69 in the final round to earn a four-shot victory and become Europe's first back-to-back British Open champion in more than a century. He earned nearly $1.5 million and climbed to No. 3 in the world rankings. "I'm really thrilled with the way I felt today on the golf course," Harrington said. "I hit the ball as pure as I could and just felt really good."
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