posted at 03:00
Author Name: Daniel Hicks
Colsaerts gets out big guns to take Shanghai lead
Colsaerts used his booming length to great effect, grabbing four of the nine birdies on his card at each of the par-fives on the 7,607-yard rain-softened Lake Malaren layout. Colsaerts leads by one to France's long-hitter Alexander Levy with compatriot Romain Wattel - no slouch off the tee himself - a further shot back. The 2012 Ryder Cup winner has enjoyed a resurgence in form of late, shooting a rare round of 60 at the Portugal Masters three weeks ago. "We spoke about this yesterday," Colsaerts told AFP after his round. Ryder Cup star and 2013 US open winner Justin Rose enjoyed one of the rounds of the day with a seven-under 65, but finds himself seven off the lead going into the weekend. "I think I need another two low rounds to have a chance to win." He is six back from Colsaerts after a three-under 69 left him decently placed at eight-under for the tournament. Another European Ryder Cup stalwart, Thomas Bjorn, fought back from four over par for the day after just three holes to record a five-under par 67.

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