Colsaerts and Grace look primed for Tianjin charge
DEFENDING champion Nicolas Colsaerts and current Race To Dubai sixth-spot holder Branden Grace are 5-1 joint-favourites for the China Open at the halfway stage.
But nine-under par Colsaerts, Steve Palmer's headline selection, and ten under Grace, also in Wednesday's staking plan, will be the penultimate third-round twoball to go out on Tianjin's Binhai Lake Golf Course.
Leaders Jean-Baptiste Gonnet and Gary Boyd are tee-ing up last on 11-under.
And Gonnet, who has bagged two top-six finishes so far this year, is now 15-2 for a maiden European Tour title while Boyd is 8-1 to break his senior duck.
Francesco Molinari, on seven under, is next in the betting at 11-1 while Joost Luiten, Marcus Fraser, Danny Willett, Ignacio Garrido and Victor Dubuisson are among the players in the top 15 onthe leaderboard that bookmakers rate each-way price contenders.
World No. 3 and Augusta third-placer Lee Westwood holds a three-shot clubhouse lead at the weather-hit Indonesian Masters with a 36-hole 11-under par total.
Zaw Moe, one of 74 players yet to complete their second rounds in Jakarta, is Westwood's nearest pursuer.
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