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Levy shoots career-best to take China lead

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Alexander Levy shot to the top of the leaderboard after a course record 62 © Getty Images
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Alexander Levy raced into a four-shot lead at the China Open after he carded a course-record and career-best 62 at the Genzon Golf Club.

Frenchman Levy leads the way at 14-under, with Spaniard Adrian Otaegui claiming outright second ahead of the weekend action with a 6-under score of 66. Alvaro Quiros is third, five shots off the lead at 9-under following his first two rounds in Shenzhen.

"It is a great round for me," Levy told the European Tour's official website. "I played unbelievably today and it's the first time I have played like that. I really like the course and it is in great shape.

"I played really well and made a lot of putts to make the lowest score of my career. I shot 63 at Kingsbarns during the Dunhill Links in Scotland last year but this course is a lot tougher and I am only starting to realise how good that score is.

"I played the right strategy today and I just have to try to do that over the next couple of days. I hope that I can play with Raph tomorrow because he is a great friend and it would be funny if we could play in the last group together tomorrow."

Scotland's Richie Ramsay sits seven shots back at 7-under, one stroke ahead of England duo Tommy Fleetwood and Simon Dyson.

Francesco Molinari is 4-under after two rounds, with Henrik Stenson well off the leader's pace at 3-under. Ian Poulter failed to capitalise on his opening round score of 69, carding a triple bogey on his way to a 2-over score of 74.

Ross Fisher failed to make the cut, as did America's Peter Uihlein. Both finished 1-over after two rounds and will not return for round three on Saturday.

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