Aguilar holds on to China Open lead

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Chilean Felipe Aguilar held on to his overnight lead as the weather-delayed second round of the Volvo China Open was completed in Beijing on Saturday morning.

The world number 477 fired a seven-under-par 65 on Friday to move to 11-under 133 overall before the second round was suspended because of the threat of lightning at Topwin Golf and Country Club.

When play resumed on Saturday, Austrian Bernd Wiesberger and Swede Alex Noren were joined in second place at 10-under by South African journeyman Hennie Otto, who added a 71 to the nine-under 63 that had given him the first-round lead.

Marcel Siem from Germany was at nine-under overall and five-under for his round when play ended and resumed with a double-bogey before recovering with a pair of birdies for a 67 to stay two behind Aguilar.

He was part of a four-way tie for fifth place alongside England’s Tyrrell Hatton, Dane Lucas Bjerregaard and South Korean Kim Tae-Hoon, who surged 50 places up the leaderboard with an impressive 64, including a hole-in-one on the 177-yard 13th.

One shot further back was a group of five players at eight-under 136 — Li Haotong from China, German Maximilian Kieffer, France’s Gregory Havret, England’s Richard Bland and American David Lipsky.

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