World number 281 Haotong Li followed up Thursday’s 10-under-par 62 with a five-under 67 to stay atop of the BMW International Open leaderboard on -15, one stroke clear of New Zealand’s Ryan Fox at the midway point of the DP World Tour event.
The Chinese star made five birdies, one eagle and two bogeys to keep himself at the summit at Golfclub Munchen Eichenried and he is 12/5 to clinch his third DP World Tour title and first since the 2018 Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
It has been a remarkable turnaround for Li, who was ranked 463rd at the beginning of 2022 but has now managed to climb back up the rankings courtesy of some solid performances this year.
Speaking after his second round, Li said, as quoted by the DP World Tour: “It’s another good day in the office. I’m very pleased. I’m feeling great, I’ve only missed two cuts this year and it’s working off the tee.
“I just need to keep grinding and keep pushing. Hopefully I can play my golf and keep calm.”
Chasing down the 26-year-old is Fox, who won his second DP title at the Ras Al Khaimah Classic in February and is just one shot off the pace after carding a brilliant eight-under-par 64 on Friday.
The New Zealander is 2/1 to hoist the trophy aloft on Sunday although there is plenty in the chasing pack that will be hoping to make a charge up the standings on Saturday’s moving day.
Dutchman Daan Huizing (20/1) is one of those and he occupies third position on -12, three off the lead, while Belgian Thomas Pieters (7/1) and Englishman Jordan Smith (7/1) a further stroke is arrears.
Play was suspended in the afternoon on day two due to the threat of lightning before the players returned to the course and that means there are still some players in the field that have yet to complete round two, meaning they will have to come back early on Saturday before going out for round three later on that day, if they make the cut.