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Derksen leads by two, Lin Wen-hong in a tie for seventh


Kang Kyung-nam of South Korea, left, reacts after hitting the 18th green during the second round of the Ballantine’s Championship at the Pinx Golf Club in Jeju, South Korea, yesterday.


Dutchman Robert-Jan Derksen held a two-shot lead over the chasing pack after the second round of the Ballantine’s Championship yesterday as wind and rain lashed the mountainside course.

Derksen’s 69 gave him a nine-under total of 135, two strokes clear of Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee (71) and South Korea’s Kang Wook-soon (69).

A shot further back are joint overnight leader Mark Brown, who shot a 73, Spain’s Pablo Martin (69) and Italy’s Alessandro Tadini (71).

Last week’s Volvo China Open runner-up Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano was among a group on five-under after posting a 74.

Brown briefly threatened to pull clear, but a disastrous run of four bogeys on his closing five holes in hammering rain cost the New Zealander.

Among the big names, Ernie Els is two-under for the tournament after a 74. Former Masters winner Fred Couples and Lee Westwood also made the cut. Defending champion Graeme McDowell crashed out.

Taiwan’s Lin Wen-hong was in a tie for seventh on five-under, Lin Wen-tang was even-par and compatriot Lu Wei-chih finished on one-over.

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