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Garcia, Jaidee chasing lead in China at BMW Masters

Second Round — European Tour — Race to Dubai’s Final Series — BMW Masters — europeantourlogo15Lake Malaren Golf Club — Shanghai, China —

Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard, 178th in the Official World Golf Ranking, jumped into the lead through 36 holes at the BMW Masters in China.

This is the third leg of the four-tournament Final Series to decide the Race to Dubai. The finale is next week at the DP World Tour Championships in Dubai.

Bjerregaard opened 66-66 to reach 12-under at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai. He leads first-round overnight leader Sergio Garcia and Thongchai Jaidee by three shots. ballhole

Garcia, looking for his first win of 2015 and ranked 11th in the world, slipped back with a 1-under-71 in round two. He opened as one of the betting favorites at 20-to-1 odds, according to www.golfodds.com.

The 24-year-old Dane enters the weekend searching for his maiden victory and the biggest of his career with this being a playoff event. He was runner-up to Justin Rose in October at the Hong Kong Open and finished 3rd earlier this year at the Italian Open.

Byeong-Hun An, a winner at the BMW PGA Championship in May, is just four back at 8-under and T-4 alongside Englishmen Paul Casey and Ian Poulter.

Rose, the overall betting favorite at 5 1/2-1 odds to win, is T-12 at 5-under alongside Henrik Stenson.

Look for Jaidee, a winner at the European Tour in September, to have a shot this weekend for payoff. Opening at 40-1 odds, the 37th ranked player in the world knows how to finish. Bjerregaard began the week at 50-1 odds.

Other Golf news:PGA TOUR

  • Former Open champion Justin Leonard was an overnight co-leader with three others at the PGA Tour’s OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Leonard opened with 65 in Mexico.
  • Inbee Park, back from injury, is poised atop the leader board at the LPGA Tour’s Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico. Park shot 4-under-68 to
    LPGA Tour in Mexico this week

    LPGA Tour in Mexico this week

    lead the 36-player field after one round. Suzann Pettersen, Angela Stanford and Minjee Lee are all T-2 and a shot back.

  • Peter Uihlein carded the round of the day in China shooting 6-under-66 to move up 31 places into a tie for 7th place.
  • Danny Willett, second in the Race to Dubai standings behind Rory McIlroy, is not taking advantage of the idle leader. Willett is T-28 after rounds of 72-69 so far at the BMW Masters.