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A birdie blitz as Poulter closes in.

IAN POULTER found his form to power up the UBS Hong Open leaderboard in the closing stages of the second round today.

The Englishman went bogey-free yesterday but could only pick up three birdies to leave him five short of overnight leader Mark Brown.

However, Poulter turned on the style today with a superb nine birdies through 14 holes - including five in succession from the seventh - to move on to 12 under for the tournament alongside clubhouse leader Anthony Kang, who earlier shot a courserecord equalling nineunder 61.

Rory McIlroy was also making strides up the leaderboard with the Northern Irishman 11 under through 13 holes, one stroke off the pace.

The 21-year-old mixed his round with three birdies, a bogey and an eagle on the par-four ninth to go four under with four holes remaining.

Earlier, Kang took advantage of nearperfect conditions at Hong Kong Golf Club by reeling off nine birdies in a blemish-free round to take the lead.

"It came out of nowhere," said Kang, chasing his first European Tour win since the Malaysian Open last year. "I've been struggling all year but the last six weeks it has been better." Graeme McDowell was three shots off the pace at four under for the day with four holes remaining after carding five birdies against just one bogey.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 19, 2010
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