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Damien McGrane is five shots off joint leaders Gary Boyd and Jean-Baptiste Gonnet

Updated: Friday, 20 Apr 2012 12:11 | Comments

Damien McGrane is five shots off the lead on six under England's Gary Boyd is joint leader alongside Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Gonnet
Damien McGrane is five shots off the lead on six under England's Gary Boyd is joint leader alongside Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Gonnet

England's Gary Boyd shared the halfway lead at the China Open with Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Gonnet as he seeks a first win on the PGA European Tour.

The 25-year-old shot a five-under-par 67 to follow up his opening 66 and move to 11 under.

Damien McGrane is the best of the Irish on six under while Shane Lowry and Peter Lawrie are two strokes further back. Gareth Maybin (-3) and Michael Hoey (-2) also made the cut.

Boyd’s total was matched by Gonnet, who was also five under today after six birdies and a solitary bogey at the 13th hole.

Boyd, meanwhile, started at the 10th but had a disappointing start when he failed to replicate yesterday's eagle at the 12th and dropped a shot on this occasion.

It would be his only blemish today, though, as he gained the shot back at the 18th and then carded five birdies on the front nine. His stand-out shot came at the fourth, when a superb approach out of the rough left him with a tap-in for a birdie three.

South Africa's Branden Grace lies third on his own, one shot behind the leading pair after a bogey-free 67 including an eagle two at the seventh.

A 67 left Nicolas Colsaerts on his own at nine under. The Belgian eagled the second and added five birdies and two bogeys on his five-under-par card.

Korean Choi Jin-ho also joined the trend for 67s today to finish at eight under, level with Australian Marcus Fraser and Spain's Ignacio Garrido who both made three-under 69s. A large group follow at seven under, including England's Danny Willetts and Oliver Wilson.

Scotland's Scott Jamieson birdied the last three holes to finish inside the two-under-par cut with a stroke to spare, while Ian Poulter was one of a host of players right on the line. The likes of Marcel Siem, Simon Khan and Ross Fisher missed out by one shot at one under.

Chinese teenager Guan Tian-lang, the youngest player ever to play on the European Tour aged just 13, found the going tough as he carded 79. He did manage birdies at the 18th and seventh, though, and his final 12-over-par total left him ahead of his more experienced compatriots Deng Le-jun, Zhang Yi-ming and Alexander Chen as well as Scotland's Marc Warren.

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