Four players in the Race to Dubai Top 60 occupy the top four spots at the Volvo China Open through two rounds, with France’s Julien Quesne the leader in the clubhouse at 8-under.
Only two players in the field have shot below 70 through the first two rounds, with Quesne’s 69-67 the best so far. The 35-year-old who has two career European Tour wins was almost perfect on Friday before his lone bogey on No. 17.
He has a one-stroke lead over American Peter Uihlein, who has been hot during the Asian swing, and countryman Alexander Levy, the defending champion, who has shot 69-68 so far.
Uihlein, who finished tied for fourth at the Shenzhen Invitational last week, surged at the end with an eagle 3 on the 590-yard No. 18. He birdied that hole on Thursday.
Levy had taken the outright lead thanks to his six birdies on the first 13 holes, but ran into trouble late with a double bogey on 16 and a bogey on 17, his second on the hole in as many days. He rallied to birdie 18 for the second time in as many days as well.
The cut is set at +2, as the course continues to challenge the field, with only 31 players below par through 36 holes.