Mikko Ilonen surges into China lead

Finland's Mikko Ilonen records a nine-under-par round of 63 to move clear at the top of the China Open leaderboard.

Mikko Ilonen has recorded a round of 63 to move three shots clear at the halfway stage of the China Open.

The world number 207 produced a faultless round to move to 12-under-par to take the lead in Tianjin, ahead of Brett Rumford and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

Both players produced rounds of 67 to remain in contention, while first-round leader Robert-Jan Derksen moved to eight-under-par.

Lee Slattery and Pablo Larrazabal headed the European challenge by moving to seven-under, with Graeme Storm a shot further back on six-under.

2012 champion Brendan Grace moved as many as 57 places up the leaderboard after a round of 67 took him up to tied-23rd.

Robert-Jan Derksen of The Netherlands watches the ball's trajectory after teeing off at hole 17 during the KLM Open Golf tournament on September 9, 2011
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