KLM Open 2018: Wu Ashun three clear after second round

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Wu Ashen: The 33-year-old, pictured on day two of the KLM Open
Wu Ashen: The 33-year-old, pictured on day two of the KLM Open

Wu Ashun fired a second-round 66 at the KLM Open to open up a three-shot lead over England's Jonathan Thomson in Holland.

Leaderboard

-12 Wu Ashun

-9 Jonathan Thomson

-8 Haotong Li, David Drysdale

-7 Chris Wood, Benjamin Herbert, Soomin Lee

Day Two Report

Wu Ashun fired a second-round 66 at the KLM Open to open up a three-shot lead over England's Jonathan Thomson in Holland.

The Chinese held a one-shot advantage after day one in Spijk and carded seven birdies and two bogeys to get to 12 under, although Thomson threatened to overshadow him with a brilliant birdie run.

The 22-year-old holed a 40-foot putt on the 10th and then made six birdies in a row to turn in 28 and raise hopes of a first round of 59 in European Tour history.

Thomson - at six foot nine, the tallest player in European Tour history - found the hazard on the first and a bogey stalled his momentum, eventually coming home in level par 35 to sign for a 64.

After losing in a play-off in Denmark recently, Thomson is edging closer to keeping his place on Tour for next season, quite an achievement for a rookie who battled leukemia for five years as a child.

"I am hitting some great form and playing well, my confidence is also getting higher and higher and that's all that matters to me at this part of the season," he told europeantour.com.

"Experiences like I had in Denmark are invaluable and every single week you have to go out and just draw on them."

Wu is a two-time winner on the European Tour and made birdies on the first, second, sixth, 10th, 12th, 16th and 17th to go with bogeys on the fifth and 15th.

Another Chinese player in Li Haotong was at eight under alongside Scot David Drysdale, with England's Chris Wood a further shot back.

Day One Report

Wu Ashun
Wu Ashun

Wu Ashun fired a bogey-free 64 to lead the way at the KLM Open but England's Chris Wood was just one shot behind him after day one in Holland.

Wood had set the target at six under in the morning with a blemish-free effort of his own but Wu made seven birdies in the afternoon to hit the front, with 13 players then in the group at five under.

Bristolian Wood made the European Ryder Cup team in 2016 thanks to a win at the BMW PGA Championship but that was his last victory having finished twice so far this season in Oman and France.

The 30-year-old made birdies on the 13th, 14th, 15th, third, seventh and ninth, and was delighted with his putting performance.

"It was perfect out there this morning," he told europeantour.com "The course is in such good condition and the greens are as good as any that we have played all year.

"When that is one of the best parts of your game it is great, especially when you get your eye in and knock a few in like I did today."

Wu is a two-time winner on the European Tour and he made gains on the 12th, 13th, 14th, 16th, 18th, fourth and eighth.

Englishmen Ashley Chesters, Eddie Pepperell, Aaron Rai, Jordan Smith and Matthew Southgate were all two shots off the lead alongside Scot Bradley Neil.

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