Hong Kong Open 2012: Day 2 Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistNovember 16, 2012

HONG KONG - NOVEMBER 16:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to a shot during the second round of the UBS Hong Kong open at The Hong Kong Golf Club on November 16, 2012 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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Top-ranked Rory McIlroy missed the cut while Michael Campbell, who has gone winless since 2005, took the lead after the second day of the UBS Hong Kong Open 2012 Championship at the Hong Kong Golf Course.

The New Zealand native shot a 30 on the front nine Friday, sinking three consecutive birdies heading into the turn, made a fourth birdie on the 10th hole and picked up his fifth from 10 feet out on the 18th hole to finish with a nine-under 64 and a one-stroke lead.

Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez, Sweden's Frederik Andersson and China's Lian-wei Zhang were tied for second with 36-hole scores of 132.

Denmark's Anders Hansen equaled Campbell's low round with a 64 Friday and sits alone in fifth place, two shots off the lead.

Campbell, 43, upset Tiger Woods for the U.S. Open title at Pinehurst in 2005 and took home the World Match Play Championship shortly thereafter, but hasn't won since. 

McIlroy, the top-ranked golfer in the world and defending Hong Kong Open champion, sat at four-under par through 11 holes before it all fell apart.

Four bogeys on his next six holes and a double bogey on the 18th would push him to 72, five-over for the tournament and on the outside looking in heading into Day 3.

Leaderboard Through Two Rounds

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Position Name Round 1 Score Round 2 Score Total Score
1 Michael Campbell 67 64 131 (-9)
T2 Miguel Angel Jimenez 65 67 132 (-8)
T2 Fredrik Andersson 66 66 132 (-8)
T2 Lian-wei Zhang 66 66 132 (-8)
5 Anders Hansen 69 64 133 (-7)
T6 Daisuke Kataoka 68 67 135 (-5)
T6 Javier Colomo 64 71 135 (-5)
T8 Arnod Vongvanij 71 65 136 (-4)
T8 Stephen Gallacher 68 68 136 (-4)
T8 Peter Lawrie 68 68 136 (-4)
T8 Ricardo Santos 71 65 136 (-4)
T8 Marcus Fraser 67 69 136 (-4)

With McIlroy out of the picture, this tournament is wide open.

Campbell is a great story, having made a massive jump in the world rankings, jumping up from 910th only four months ago to 339th entering play in Hong Kong,

Whether he can maintain the lead remains to be seen, as both Javier Colomo and Anders Hansen, among others, will be stiff competition over the next two days.

Matt Kuchar, ranked 17th in the world, is the American who has had the most success through the first two days of the event, sitting tied for 20th with a two-under 138.

Tee Times

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Tee Time (ET) Player 1 Player 2
1 11:01 p.m.  José María Olazabal Mark Foster
1 11:10 p.m.  Matteo Manassero David Horsey
1 11:19 p.m.  Arnod Vongvanij Stephen Gallacher
1 11:28 p.m.  Ricardo Santos Peter Lawrie
1 11:37 p.m.  Daisuke Kataoka Marcus Fraser
1 11:46 p.m.  Javier Colomo Anders Hansen
1 11:55 p.m.  Miguel Angel Jimenez Fredrik Andersson
1 12:04 a.m.  Michael Campbell Lian-wei Zhang

In the U.S., the Golf Channel offers delayed coverage starting at 1:30 a.m. ET and a recap of the day's action at 4:00 p.m. ET.