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South African Kruger powers ahead at Hong Kong Golf Open

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HONG KONG, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- South Africa's Jbe Kruger stormed ahead to teak the second round lead with a four-under-par 66 at the Hong Kong Golf Open here on Friday, making it a fitting tribute to the passing of Nelson Mandela.

As the only South African in the field where over 30 Asian Tour champions have gathered at the Hong Kong Golf Club, Kruger made six birdies in seven holes to sign for a two-day total of seven-under-par 133 and broke clear of the chasing pack.

After three bogeys and one birdies, the 27-year-old made six birdies on holes 11, 12, 13, 14, 16 and 17.

"Our country lost a real-life hero," Kruger expressed his sadness at the death of Mandela, a revered icon long regarded as the father of South Africa.

"I played well. I probably swung it the best I've swung it in a long time. I'm excited and I'm playing better for a change," said Kruger, who was delighted to rediscover his good form after having only a tied-fifth finish in Chiangmai this year to show for since winning his maiden Asian Tour title in India in 2012.

Wales' Stuart Manley carded another matching 67 to take second place on 134 while Asian Tour winners Shiv Kapur of India and German Alex Cejka are tied for third alongside Australia's Wade Ormsby.

Young talented Chinese Guan Tianlang finished his second round at 75 and failed to make the cut.

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