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Friday, 19 March 2010
Maybank Malaysian Open - Round Two  (Getty Images)
Maybank Malaysian Open - Round Two (Getty Images)

Ever-consistent Dane Søren Hansen joined Angelo Que in a share of the clubhouse lead midway through the second round of the Maybank Malaysian Open at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club before lightning halted play.

Hansen, who last missed a cut at the 2009 Masters Tournament, and Que joined overnight leaders Rhys Davies and Ignacio Garrido at seven under par after posting second rounds of five under par 67 in the energy-sapping humidity.

Like Hansen and Que, Australia's Brett Rumford dropped just one shot in his 67 to improve to six under par with Chapchai Nirat the only other morning starter to make an impact at the top of the leaderboard with a 70 pushing the big-hitting Thai to five under.

Challenge Tour graduate Davies blazed a flawless opening 65 to top the leaderboard alongside Garrido, who dropped just one shot in his seven under par first round, to open up a one shot advantage over in-form Asian number one Thongchai Jaidee and South Korea's Kim Dae-hyun.

“The heat is the hardest battle for us Europeans this week,” said World Number 50 Hansen. “But I like the golf course, it is a good looking one so we will see what happens over the weekend.”

India's Jyoti Randhawa and Argentina's Rafa Echenique were both forced to withdraw from the tournament before the start of the second round due to the effects of the humidity.

After posting a first round 70, Hansen started on the tougher back nine of the West Course and patiently played his opening nine holes in one under par after a superb four iron approach into par three 11th.

The two-time winner then took advantage of the scoring-friendly front nine as Hansen charged up the leaderboard by picking up four shots in three holes capped by an eagle conversion at the par five fifth after flicking a nine iron downwind from 166 yards to ten feet.

A first dropped shot of the day arrived a hole later, but the 35 year old Monte Carlo resident completed a crucial five hole spell with a fourth birdie of the day.

“It was a good day, I played well,” added Hansen. “I made a birdie on 11 after a great four iron over the water at the par three, but didn't take any of my chances on the back nine, which was my front nine.

“But then I made birdie on the par five third and that go me going and then birdied the fourth and followed that up with an eagle, and that was pretty much the round.

“There were a lot of pars but a spell of three really good holes and the 11th and that was it. I played solid tee to green but those three holes saved the day.”

Further down the leaderboard, Peter Lawrie rescued a level par 72 second round to remain at three under par overall despite shipping a disastrous quintuple bogey ten at the par five fifth.

Que also took advantage of the front nine with four consecutive gains in the middle his first circuit before the 31 year old Filipino, who qualified for the US Open Championship last year but missed the cut by two strokes, birdied the last to join Hansen.

“I hit the same shots as yesterday and I hit some really good shots yesterday, but I holed more putts today,” said Que, who carded five birdies in a first round 70.

“I had a bad run from the sixth hole yesterday, but everything pretty worked out fine today expect for one hole. But five under on this course and in this heat is good.”

On the course, Alejandro Cañizares, Jaidee, his compatriot Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Davies and Kim were seven under when play was suspended.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1NOH, Seung-yulKOR18-14
2CHOI, K JKOR18-13
T3HANSEN, SorenDEN18-12
T3APHIBARNRAT, KiradechTHA18-12
T3DAVIES, RhysWAL18-12
6WILLETT, DannyENG18-11
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