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No China crisis for in-form Maybin

Gareth Maybin has moved up the field at the Volvo China Open after carding a second round of two-over-par 70.

The Ballyclare player impressed in Beijing, registering four birdies and two bogeys in his second 18 holes and lies two over for the tournament after an opening 76.

Ho-Sung Choi is setting the pace on six under with Markus Brier and Chapchai Nirat two shots behind the leaders on four under.

Paul McGinley produced a sparkling second-round 67 while Damien McGrane is two over and Peter Lawrie five over.

McGinley hopes his return to form will prove a turning point in what he admits has been a troubled start to his 2009 season.

"It's been a worrying start to the season, I've played decently but if I putted better I'd have played better," he said.

"I had a good start to last season, I was leading the green in regulations this time last year even though I didn't have any big finishes before the Ballantines and my statistics were really good but this year they haven't been and it's been a worry."

Meanwhile, at the Verizon Heritage tournament at the Harbour Town Golf Links in America, Todd Hamilton stormed ahead of the early leaders on day two with a flawless five-under-par 66 leaving him at eight-under.

Hamilton scored his first top-20 finish of the campaign last week with a tie for 15th at The Masters having made the cut for only the third time in 10 starts in this the final season of his five-year exemption on the US PGA Tour for winning the 2004 Open at Troon. The American's bid to retain his card via the money list got a big boost on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, however, when Hamilton shot a bogey-free, five-under-par second-round 66.

That gave him the early clubhouse lead at eight under par for the first 36 holes, two ahead of Germany's Alex Cejka, who was one over for the round at the turn having shot an opening 64 on Thursday.

Rory McIlroy birdied the par-five second to get his round off to a good start and move to level par for the tournament through 11 holes.

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