Julien Quesne leads at midway point of China Open

Frenchman Julien Quesne carded a 5-under 67 during the second-round of the Volvo China Open at Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club to take the 36-hole lead on Friday.

Quesne, a two-time European Tour winner, leads by one over fellow countryman and defending champion Alexander Levy and American Peter Uihlein. He is at 8-under 136 through two rounds.

“I played much better today, so that was the main reason for my good score,” Quesne said. He tied for fourth in last week’s Shenzhen International. “My performance last week definitely helps build the confidence, so I felt good at the start of the week and I’m still feeling good now, but there’s a long way to go.”

Levy was 6 under through 13 holes on Friday before finishing double bogey-bogey-birdie. He finished with a 4-under 68. Uihlein shot 67 with an eagle on No. 18.

First-round co-leaders Bradley Dredge, Michael Hendry and David Howell faltered in the second round as Howell was the only player to remain in the top 10 with a even-par 72.

– The European Tour was used in this report.

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