Dodt added a second round 66 on The Dutch layout, the second equal best round of the day to improve 80 spots from his opening 71 and finds himself in a share of 9th position.
Dodt’s brilliant finishing burst of two birdies and an eagle in his final three holes swept him from obscurity to the edge of contention as he looks to turn around what has been to date a disappointing season on the European Tour.
Dodt had missed his three previous cuts leading into this week’s event and is currently 150th in the Race to Dubai rankings and with only the leading 110 retaining their European Tour status this improvement could not have come at a better time.
China’s Wu has opened the door for a third European Tour success by taking a three shot lead into the final 36 holes the 33 year old number two ranked China star ahead of England’s Jonathan Thomson.
Wu had previously won the 2015 Volvo China Open and the 2016 Lyoness Open in Austria as European Tour titles. After a disappointing run of form he threw out positive signals last week when 6th at the European masters that things were turning for the better.
“I had a very good start today,” said Wu. “After two birdies on the first two holes I knew that my good feeling from yesterday was still there and I felt I could go on and make a lot more birdies.
“The wind came into play today and although it was not very strong it was still making it a lot more difficult. I really like the golf course here and its design so I am really enjoying this week.
Interestingly, Wu’s fellow countryman and China’s highest ranked player Li Haotong is another shot back in third position which he shares with Scotland’s David Drysdale.
Dodt leads the Australians although Wade Ormsby is just one shot behind at 4 under par, Jason Scrivener and Adam Bland 3 under, while Sam Brazel and Lucas Herbert are at 2 under with New Zealander Josh Geary at 1 under.
SIGNATURE HOLES 7TH AT NEWCASTLE GOLF CLUB
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