Guan Tian-lang of China becomes the youngest player to compete in a European Tour event, aged 13 years and 177 days during the second round of the Volvo China Open at the Binhai Lake Golf Course on April 20, 2012 in Tianjin, China. (credit: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
History-making teenager Guan Tian-lang is out of the Volvo China Open after failing to make the cut on Friday.
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Guan, who became the youngest player ever to appear on the European Tour at the age of 13 years and 177 days, following up a five-over-par first round with a seven-over-par 79 on day two. The Guangzhou schoolboy made a double-bogey and seven bogeys on the day, but there were some highlights as birdies at the seventh and 18th meant he completed 36 holes in 12-over.
Englishman Gary Boyd (8/1 Tournament Outright) shares the halfway lead with Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Gonnet (7/1). Both men followed up opening-round 66s with five-under-par 67s on Friday, each making six birdies and one bogey, and that means they go into the weekend on 11-under, one shot ahead of South African Branden Grace (5/1 Joint Favourite).
Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts (5/1 Joint Favourite) was another man who shot a second-round 67, improving his total to nine-under through 36 holes, while New Zealand’s Gareth Paddison (50/1), Spain’s Ignacio Garrido (25/1), South Korea’s Jin-ho Choi (50/1) and Australia’s Marcus Fraser (20/1) are all a short further back on eight-under.
Englishmen Oliver Wilson (66/1) and Danny Willett (20/1) completed rounds of 67 and 68 respectively to improve to seven-under, where they are joined by Robert-Jan Derksen (40/1), Scott Strange (66/1), Francesco Molinari (10/1), Joost Luiten (20/1) and Victor Dubuisson (33/1), while Scotland’s Peter Whiteford (100/1), Ireland’s Damien McGrane (66/1) and England’s Matthew Baldwin (100/1) are joined on six-under by Julien Quesne (66/1), Ricardo Santos (100/1), Pablo Larrazabal (33/1), Jbe Kruger (33/1) and Fabrizio Zanotti (100/1).