Michael Campbell leads Hong Kong Open at halfway stage as McIlroy misses cut
Last Updated: 17/11/12 5:55am
Michael Campbell: Leads by one shot after 36 holes in Hong Kong
Michael Campbell holds a one-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Hong Kong Open, but defending champion Rory McIlroy failed to make the cut.
New Zealander Campbell, who won the 2005 US Open, fired his lowest round for over six years - a six-under 64 - to finish the day at nine-under-par, one clear of a trio of challengers.
By contrast, McIlroy endured another day to forget as he had a nightmare finish to his round en route to missing the cut by three shots.
The Northern Irishman dropped six shots over the course of his last seven holes, including a four-putt double bogey on his final hole, the 11th.
Second round leaderboard
(GB & Ire unless stated)
-9 M Campbell (NZ)
-8 F Andersson Hed (Swe)
-8 MA Jimenez (Spa)
-8 L Zhang (Chn)
-7 A Hansen (Den)
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"I just got on a slide and couldn't stop it - obviously not the week that I wanted," he stated. "I was only four off the lead and thinking I could make a couple more and be right back in contention. Unfortunately it just went the other way."
Campbell's 64 included seven birdies and just a solitary bogey and leaves him just ahead of former winner Miguel Angel Jimenez, Sweden's Fredrik Andersson Hed and Zhang Lian-wei of China.
Jimenez, who was victorious in Hong Kong in both 2004 and 2007, is looking to become the European Tour's oldest-ever winner this week at the age of 48.
Denmark's Anders Hansen is a shot further back at seven-under after a sparkling 64 of his own, while overnight leader Javier Colomo now finds himself at five-under alongside Japan's Daisuke Kataoka (67) following a 71.
Welshman Rhys Davies, 119th on the money list and needing to stay there to keep his card, squeezed into the final 36 holes with nothing to spare at two-over, but compatriot Bradley Dredge, two places below him, missed out by one and faces his first trip to the qualifying school since 1996.
Padraig Harrington did not make the cut either despite a closing par which included skimming his ball across a lake and back onto dry land.