Molinari among crowded leaderboard

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BAHRAIN -- Edoardo Molinari shot a seven-under 65 on Friday to move to 11-under 133 and grab a four-way share of the lead after two rounds of the inaugural Volvo Golf Champions.

Molinari joined Raphael Jacquelin (65), Miguel Angel Jimenez (65) and Peter Hanson (67) at minus-11 at The Royal Golf Club's Montgomerie Course. Molinari was the only one of the four to play a bogey-free round on Friday and made his move rather quickly with six consecutive birdies to start the day.

Hanson had been at 12-under temporarily before tripping up on No. 16 with a bogey to move into a tie.

While this is Molinari's first second-round lead on the European Tour, the other three have had a lot of success when put in a similar situation. Hanson, for instance, has held at least a share of the second-round lead on three other occasions and has gone on to win all three times, with the last coming in the 2010 Czech Open.

Jimenez grabbed at least a share of his 13th second-round lead, having won the tournament in four of those scenarios and three of the last four. Jacquelin, meanwhile. has won twice out of the four times he's been the leader or co-leader midway through an event.

Four players trail the leaders by a single stroke at 10-under 134, including James Kingston, Stephen Gallacher, Darren Clarke and Paul Casey. Gallacher fired a Friday-best eight-under 64 to move into a tie for fifth.

First-round leader Johan Edfors is paired with Molinari's brother Francesco at nine-under 135 in a tie for ninth. Edfors shot only a one-under 71 after Thursday's round of 64.

Edoardo Molinari began the day four shots back, but wasted no time ascending the leaderboard with six straight birdies from the 10th to begin the round.

"It was quite windy at first and so it was a great start, obviously," Molinari said. "I quite like funny courses. This is not straightforward -- you have to plan your way around and be patient."

The birdie at the par-four 15th put Molinari at 10-under, and he birdied 11 straight holes from there before finishing with a birdie at No. 9.

Jacquelin also started on the back nine and birdied four of his first six holes. He made the turn at eight-under before birdies on Nos. 1 and 5 helped him move to 10-under par. His only bogey came at the sixth before recording consecutive birdies on the seventh and eighth.

Jimenez had four birdies on the front nine, and a birdie at the par-three 12th put him at nine-under. His lone misstep came at the 14th, where he posted a bogey, but he made up for it with three straight birdies from the 15th to join the leaders.

Hanson birdied No. 3 before stumbling to a bogey on No. 8. An eagle at the par-five ninth, however, helped him get on a roll in the back nine. After a par at the 10th, four straight birdies from the 11th helped him take sole possession of the lead at 12-under.

He bogeyed the 16th, however, to finish in the four-way tie.

NOTES: Colin Montgomerie, the creator of this course, is three-under par 141 and tied for 50th...Jimenez last held a second-round lead in 2005 at the Dubai Desert Classic. He finished second...Sergio Garcia is among seven players tied at eight-under 136.


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