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Friday, 03 May 2019
Genzon Golf Club  (Getty Images)
Genzon Golf Club (Getty Images)

Delighted locals, big putts - in every sense - and some great grit were the hallmarks of the second round of the Volvo China Open.

Here's everything you need to know from day two at Genzon Golf Club.

Wu hoo!

Wu Ashun produced his lowest round of the season on day one and then went one better to take a two shot lead into the weekend at 13 under. The local favourite may not be having the best of seasons so far but he has his A game in Shenzhen and the swing changes made over the winter look to be bedding in. A sublime chip-in at the third was the highlight of his round and helped create a cushion between himself and Tapio Pulkkanen, with last week's winner Jorge Campillo a further shot back.

The putt of a lifetime - so far.....

You're 14 years, six months, one week and five days old and you're stood over a 13 foot putt to make the cut on the European Tour. Any nerves? Yang Kuang admitted there were plenty but he certainly didn't let them show. The schoolboy rolled it home like a seasoned professional to get to two under and become the second youngest player in European Tour history to make the weekend. He showed incredible maturity when facing the press on Wednesday and even more in producing two rounds of 71. He'll be seeing a lot more of the world's media between now and Sunday. A fist pumping celebration has rarely been more deserved.

Pulkkanen's monster putt

Putt of the day probably goes to Yang but Pulkkanen has to run him pretty close. The pin in the 16th was on the lower level, meaning if you're on the top, you take your two putt and run. Not Tapio, who rolled home this absolute monster for a birdie.

The comeback kings

When Li Haotong birdied his first hole of the day, he looked likely to make a surge up the leaderboard but he double bogeyed the 14th and made a quadruple bogey eight on the next. The leaderboard surge then came as the 2016 champion birdied his next five holes to get to four under. Another player at four under was Adri Arnaus and while he may not have produced the comeback of the round, he could be on course for comeback of the week. The Spaniard was six over after 11 holes on day one but has since produced 11 birdies with just a single blemish.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1KORHONEN, MikkoFIN18-20
2HEBERT, BenjaminFRA18-20
3CAMPILLO, JorgeESP18-19
4LI, HaotongCHN18-16
T5LORENZO-VERA, MikeFRA18-15
T5LIPSKY, DavidUSA18-15

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