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Pablo Larrazabal surges three clear in Volvo China Open

Pablo Larrazabal leads the Volvo China Open by three shots after an excellent second round. Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Pablo Larrazabal takes a three-shot lead into day three of the Volvo China Open after a second round 66 in Beijing.

The Spaniard, who went round in 64 on day one, dropped his first shot of the tournament on his 35th hole and finished 14 under par as he looks to claim a fifth European Tour victory.

South Africa's Dylan Frittelli continued his recent excellent form as a course record-equalling round of 63 tied him for second with overnight leader Alexander Levy at 11 under par.

South Korea's Soomin Lee went round in 65 to sit 10 under, while Fritelli's compatriot George Coetzee and Belgium's Thomas Detry are a further two shots behind at the halfway stage.

England's Graeme Storm, who beat Rory McIlroy in a playoff to win the South African Open earlier this year, is seven under after a round of 68, making him the highest-placed Brit in the field.

LarrazabaI told europeantour.com: "It's good to have some confidence coming into the week -- I feel like I'm just trying to keep up the same stuff I was working on last week -- and so far so good.

"I played probably tee to green the best golf of my career over the weekend [in Shenzhen where he tied for 11th] and, believe it or not, I didn't hole any putts.

"I shot 11 under par over the last weekend but I didn't hole as many putts as I wanted to but it looks like these past two days have been the other way around.

"It's been a great two days of work, I have been playing good and putting awesome so I am looking forward to the weekend.

"It's been a long time since I have been leading a golf tournament and I love it, so hopefully another good 36 holes and we will see what happens."