Aguilar edges clear in Beijing

Felipe Aguilar
Felipe Aguilar

Chile’s Felipe Aguilar claimed the clubhouse lead in the weather-disrupted Volvo China Open.

Aguilar stormed home in 31 at Topwin Golf and Country Club to add a flawless 65 to his opening 68 and set the target on 11 under par, one shot ahead of Sweden’s Alex Noren and Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger.

The 41-year-old had missed the cut in six straight events before finishing tied 58th in the Shenzhen International last week.

Play was initially suspended due to the threat of lightning and then abandoned for the day due to darkness, with the second round set to resume at 06.45 local time on Saturday.

First-round leader Hennie Otto had four holes to play and was two shots off the lead on nine under par alongside England’s Tyrrell Hatton, Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard, Germany’s Marcel Siem and Korea’s Tae-hoon Kim, who recorded a hole-in-one on his way to a brilliant 64.

Michael Hoey carded a second round three under 69 and at one under par is currently tied for 70th, one shot outside the cut mark.

Ireland’s Damien McGrane is also on one under par following a second round 72.