Hole-in-one boosts Clarke bid

Darren Clarke shot a superb hole-in-one to get his second round challenge at the Indonesian Open off to the ideal start as Felipe Aguilar held a two-stroke lead at the top of the leaderboard.

Darren Clarke shot a superb hole-in-one to get his second round challenge at the Indonesian Open off to the ideal start as Felipe Aguilar held a two-stroke lead at the top of the leaderboard.

Clarke started the day six strokes off the lead after carding a two-under-par 68 on the opening round yesterday and admitted he needed a big improvement today is he was to challenge for debut victory in Indonesia.

And the Northern Irishman got off to the perfect start when he carded the hole-in-one with a nine iron from 142 yards on the tricky par-three fourth.

Consequently, Clarke moves on to four under overall after five holes.

Meanwhile, Chile’s Aguilar, who enjoyed a stunning season on the 2007 Challenge Tour to secure his place back on the European Tour, enjoyed a faultless round to card a course record-equalling 62 and move on to 13-under overall.

His eight birdies ensured he dislodged Prom Meesawat at the top as the Thai was unable to continue the momentum he had built up in his first nine holes onto the back nine.

Meesawat was superb on the front nine, carding six birdies, including five in a row from the third.

However, the 23-year-old was less prolific coming home as he hit three birdies against two bogeys to enter the clubhouse two shots behind Aguilar on 11-under.

Alongside Meesawat was first round leader James Kamte, who carded a three-under-par 67 to keep his bid for a maiden European Tour victory on track.

Austrian Martin Wiegele held sole possession of fourth place following a second-successive 65, while Welshman Kyron Sullivan was three strokes behind alongside Chinnarat Phadungsil and Wang Ter-chang.

Sullivan could perhaps have finished higher but for a double-bogey on the 12th - billed as the toughest par three in Indonesia – which meant he was in the clubhouse with a two-under-par 68.

Paul McGinley was one over for the day through four holes after bogeying the par-four second.

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