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Soo Min Lee leads weather delayed Shenzhen International

The talented Korean Lee making his mark in professional ranks (Photo: Getty Images )
Soomin Lee continues to make a name for himself as one of the hottest prospects in Asian golf as the young Korean stormed into a three shot lead on a weather-interrupted second day of the Shenzhen International, where play was suspended overnight before round two could be completed.

After the opening round was cut short on day one, thunderstorms again played havoc with the second day’s action at Genzon Golf Club as play was suspended twice and for a total of almost six hours, but there was time to eventually finish the first round prior to the second halt in play.

Lee, who already has a runner-up finish to his name this year at the Maybank Championship Malaysia, led the field alongside Alexander Levy heading into the second round but the 22 year old took full advantage of his early tee time. Despite two interruptions to his day, he opened up a sizeable gap at the summit by moving to 13 under par courtesy of a flawless seven under 65.

In close chase, however, is four-time European Tour winner Joost Luiten, after the Dutchman signed for a six under 66 which included an eagle two at the 11th hole - his second - where he holed out with a sand wedge.

Rising stars Paul Dunne of Ireland and Brandon Stone of South Africa were three shots further back on seven under par after a three under 69 and a two under 70, respectively.

Levy made a solid start late on as he aimed to shore up the gap with his first round co-leader, parring his first three holes before being called in, while Lee Slattery of England was making good ground thanks to four birdies in his first five holes to join his French counterpart on six under.

 “Today I was very excited about my round because I made a lot of putts, and his good, straight shots so everything was perfect,” said Lee. “I have two more days now to try and stay bogey free.

“I feel this course is good for me because there are soft greens and heavy rough. I like it when there is heavy rough so that's good for me.

“On the third day I try just need to stick to my game and stay focused on keeping my score bogey free. At the Malaysia Open, I got a second place finish, so that was really good for me, and now I feel a bit more comfortable in the lead than I did in Malaysia.”

The leading Australian after day two is the current Australian PGA Champion, Nathan Holman, who is nine shots from the lead but in a share of 10th position although he still has 15 holes of his second round to play when he returns to the course on Saturday morning.

 

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