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Four tied for lead at HK Open

FRENCHMAN Gregory Bourdy bogeyed the 18th to miss out on sole possession of the second-round lead at the Hong Kong Open yesterday.

Bourdy carded a 3-under par 67 to finish alongside China's Liang Wenchong (65), South Africa's Charl Schwartzel (66) and Dutchman Robert-Jan Derksen (68) on 9-under 131 at Fanling.

South African Rory Sabbatini (67) and Thailand's Chinnarat Phadungsil (66) were one shot off the pace in the US$2.5 million event co-sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.

"I made a double-bogey five on the eighth and the three putts on 18 were a shame," Bourdy told reporters. "But there are plenty of positives to take into the last two rounds."

The Frenchman said yesterday's cooler conditions had caught him by surprise. "I didn't expect this cold when I got up this morning and didn't bring a pullover. At the end it got freezing and played quite long. We had some big irons to hit," he said.

Asia's first major winner, South Korea's Yang Yong-eun (67), and defending champion Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei (69) were among a group of five players on 133.

Derksen put a positive spin on a bogey-bogey finish that spoiled an excellent round.

"You can't shoot 63 every day," said the Dutchman who began his round on the 10th tee.

"I bogeyed the last two holes but nine was a tough hole. It was getting cold and it's a long shot into a narrow green so bogey is not a bad score."

Race to Dubai leader Lee Westwood returned a 70, leaving him in a tie for 34th on 4 under.

Fellow Briton Rory McIlroy, second on Europe's money list, improved his hopes of overtaking Westwood after a 68 moved him to 6 under.

McIlroy was joined on 134 by nine other players, including fellow Briton Ian Poulter (66) who won this month's Singapore Open.

Northern Irishman McIlroy, who trails Westwood by around US$80,000 on the money list, could have added to his three birdies but missed a two-footer at the ninth and saw a six-foot effort roll around the cup on 12.

Overnight leader Udorn Duangdecha's "lucky trousers" failed to help him as the colorfully dressed Thai came unstitched with a 74 following his brilliant opening 62 on Thursday. Swede Robert Karlsson and experienced American Mark O'Meara were among the casualties of the halfway cut which was made at 138.


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