Choi leads the China Open at Beijing

April 17, 2009 at 3:10 PM

BEIJING, April 17 (UPI) -- Korea's Ho-sung Choi shot 4-under-par 68 Friday to build a two-stroke lead over two players at the European Tour's China Open golf tournament in Beijing.

His 36-hole total, 6-under 138, leads both Austria's Markus Brier (73), the front-runner after Thursday's first round, and Thailand's Chapchai Nirat (71).

A birdie at No. 14 gave Choi a brief three-stroke advantage, but he closed with a bogey and three straight pars.

"I three-putted the first hole and then had to work hard for the rest of my round," he said. "I'm going to take that (memory) through the rest of the tournament."

Brier bogeyed three of the first six holes and his round included only two birdies.

Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (70) and Ireland's Paul McGinley (67) share fourth place at 3-under 141.

McGinley's 5-under 67 was the day's low round.

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