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Where: Binhai Lake Golf Club
When: 06.30 BST
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Finland’s Mikko Ilonen compiled a breathtaking second round 63 at Binhai Lake Golf Club to establish a three shot halfway lead at the Volvo China Open.
Six years on from his two European Tour victories but having already finished ninth in Qatar and second in Morocco this season, Ilonen carded nine birdies – an approach to three feet at the fifth among the highlights – to reach 12 under par.
That was three clear of two recent European Tour winners – last week’s Ballantine’s Champion Brett Rumford and Maybank Malaysian Open victor Kiradech Aphibarnrat – as the 33 year old matched his best round on tour.
Australian Rumford had a six year gap between his third European Tour title and his victory last Sunday, where he eagled the first play-off hole to win.
The 35 year old carded seven birdies, including a fine iron to six feet at the second, and two bogeys in his 67.