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Fisher moves up Hong Kong field

SECOND ROUND LEADERBOARD: (GB & Ire unless stated)
-8 O Fisher, O Wilson, C Plaphol (Tha), L Oosthuizen (SA) -7 F Molinari (Ita), C Montgomerie, R Sterne (SA), M Fraser (Aus), J Edfors (Swe)
Selected others: -5 R McIlroy -4 B Langer (Ger), J Daly (US) -3 JM Olazabal (Spa) Even J Hak (HK) +2 N Faldo

Oliver Fisher
Fisher felt he had played "solidly" throughout the second round

English duo Oliver Fisher and Oliver Wilson are both in contention for a maiden European Tour victory after the second round of the Hong Kong Open.

Fisher, 20, hit a five-under-par 65 to join Wilson, South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen and Thailand's Chawalit Plaphol at eight under par.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong amateur Jason Hak, 14, became the youngest player to make the cut at a European Tour event.

Hak beat the record set by world number two Sergio Garcia by 107 days.

Spain's Garcia was 15 years and 46 days old when he won the Turespana Open Mediterrania in Valencia in 1995.

The Florida-based Hak, who carded two rounds of 70 for level par, said: "I was maybe a little nervous, but all the players have been very nice to me and just told me to play well."

Colin Montgomerie is also in contention, one shot behind on seven under, after adding a 65 to his opening 68 , but Nick Faldo (72, 70) missed the cut in his first event for a year.

Fisher had three birdies in his first six holes and no dropped shots at all.

"I played very solidly today and I am in a good position going into the weekend," said the Essex player.

Also looking for his first win on the European Tour is Ryder Cup star Wilson, who lost out in a play-off to Garcia at the recent HSBC Champions.

The 28-year-old from Mansfield carded six birdies and two bogeys for a second consecutive 66 and said afterwards: "I'm obviously pretty happy with the first two days. It has gone according to plan so far."

Montgomerie ensured he remained in contention with six birdies and one bogey to join a five-strong group just one off the lead.

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The 45-year-old has amassed an impressive 31 career titles but has not won since July 2007 and has had a tough year.

He said: "When I was winning in the 1990s on a regular basis I was confident of doing so but now I have lost my confidence.

"So getting two scores back-to-back in the 60s is good for me and I can gain some confidence from that and know I can achieve what I think I can.

"This is a more shot-making and more accurate type of golf course, one of the shortest we play all year, so this is why I like this particular style of play, so there should be no surprise that my name is on the leaderboard to be honest."

Oosthuizen produced the best round of the tournament with eight birdies and no bogeys in a 62, his lowest score on the European Tour and just one shot outside the course record.

"I've been playing well for the last seven months really but I just can't get that final edge in," he said.



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