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Hillier in contention; Fox cut, Lee off pace

Daniel Hillier DP World Tour golf
Daniel Hillier is tied for 11th at the China Open after an up-and-down second round. PHOTO: DANIEL HILLIER

Kiwi golfer Daniel Hillier sits just outside the top-10 at the midway point of the DP World Tour's China Open.


Hillier fired seven birdies and four bogeys in a three-under 69 in the second round at the Hidden Grace Golf Club in Shenzhen, China on Friday, leaving him in a share of 11th, eight strokes off the lead.



The 25-year-old got off to a strong start, with two birdies in his first three holes, before another at the seventh. Back-to-back bogeys at the eighth and ninth barely stalled his round, with three birdies in four holes to start the back-nine.


Four-under for the day, Hillier finished with two bogeys in the last four holes, with a seventh birdie in between.


Hillier, who hit 9-of-14 fairways and 14-of-18 greens in regulation on Friday, will tee off his third round on Saturday at 12.25pm local time (4.25pm NZ Time).


Compatriot Kieran Muir missed the cut by 11 shots after a disaster eight-over 80 in the second round, which featured two birdies, five bogeys, a double-bogey and triple-bogey. He opened with an even-par 72, with six birdies and six bogeys.



Meanwhile, on the PGA Tour, Ryan Fox has missed the cut at The CJ Cup Byron Nelson tournament by four strokes after a one-over second round at TPC Craig Ranch in Texas on Friday (Saturday NZ Time).


A bogey at the par-five ninth, his final hole, left the 36-year-old in a share of 95th at two-under when he completed his round, two shots below the projected cut-line.


In contrast to his opening round three-under 68, which featured five birdies and a double-bogey and had him just five shots off the lead, Fox had just one birdie and two bogeys on day two.


The world No 57 has made just five cuts in 10 tournaments on the PGA Tour this year, with just one top-25 finish.



At LIV Golf's Singapore tournament, Kiwi pro Danny Lee sits tied for 41st after a one-over 72 in the first round on Friday.


Starting at the 10th hole, the 33-year-old made a promising start, with birdies at the 14th and 18th holes, making the turn at two-under. However, back-to-back bogeys came at the second and third, and sixth and seventh, before another birdie at the eighth.


Meanwhile, Auckland golfer Kevin Chun has missed the cut at the Asian Tour's Maekyung Open by just one stroke after his second straight one-over 72.




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