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European Tour dips into Final Series at BMW Masters

Second Round Preview – European Tour –Final Series – BMW Masters – Shanghai, China –

France’s Alexander Levy opened the European Tour’s Final Series with a 7-under-65 to secure the overnight lead at the BMW Masters.

The Final Series, a four-tournament series, concludes at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai Nov. 20-23 when the Race To Dubai champion will emerge.

Levy, who won two weeks ago at the weather-shortened Portugal Masters, opened with four straight birdies en route to a front-nine 31 at Lake Malaren Golf Club.

A 40-to-1 betting selection at www.skybet.com, Levy leads three players a shot including Nicolas Colsaerts. Graeme McDowell is T-5 after a 5-under-67, while Ryder Cup stars Thomas Bjorn and Jamie Donaldson are T-6.

Colsaerts was runner-up to Levy in Portugal and he finished T-4 at the Wales Open in September. For Levy, he won the Volvo China Open earlier this season as well.

Look for England’s Justin Rose to bounce back into contention. The highest-ranked player int he field at No. 6 in the Official World Golf Ranking, Rose was even par after round one and T-43.

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