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Luiten shares lead at Volvo Championship

Durban – Dutchman Joost Luiten hit the first albatross of the European Tour season to take a share of a three-way lead after the second round of the Volvo Golf Champions tournament on Friday.

Luiten holed his second shot on the par-five 512-metre 10th at the Durban Country Club on his way to a five-under 67, and seven under overall, along with Tommy Fleetwood and defending champion Louis Oosthuzien.

Joost Luiten hit the first albatross of the European Tour season to take a share of a three-way lead after the second round of the Volvo Golf Champions tournament. Photo by: Ian Walton. Credit: Getty Images

The 227m iron shot was hit downwind, pitched on the front of the green and rolled dramatically into the hole.

“It was my first albatross. I hit a four iron and basically went straight at it and it just pitched exactly where I wanted, just in front of the green,” Luiten told reporters.

“Then I hoped it would just release up the slope and that's what it did. It went straight at the pin and it went in. It was a good feeling to say the least.”

Only one albatross was hit on the European Tour last season, by Chris Doak of Scotland at the Madeira Open.

Luiten's five-under-par total was matched by Englishman Fleetwood, who hit six birdies in his round on a second day of blustery conditions at the rolling, coastal course.

South African Oosthuizen three times saved par in the closing holes with delicate chips out of the bunkers but missed a short putt on the last for the outright lead.

A birdie at the last put Frenchman Victor Dubuisson one shot behind the leaders after a second 69, while Italian Matteo Manassero, with a second round 67, was fifth on five under-par.

Overnight leader Raphael Jacquelin was one over par for the second round with two bogeys and one double bogey after on Thursday being the only player to complete a bogey-free round.

He is three behind the leading trio, along with Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland.

The elite 36-man field is made up of winners on the Tour over the last 12 months plus one former tournament champion and five multiple tour event winners given special exemption. – Reuters

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