Raphael Jacquelin of France tees off at the 9th hole during the first round of the Shanghai HSBC Champions golf tournament at the Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Eugene Hoshiko
October 03, 2014
Raphael Jacquelin of France tees off at the 9th hole during the first round of the Shanghai HSBC Champions golf tournament at the Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Eugene Hoshiko

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Raphael Jacquelin of France birdied his closing two holes for a 2-under 70 to break clear of a tightly packed leaderboard and take a one-shot lead after the second round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Four players - Irish duo Padraig Harrington and Shane Lowry along with Frenchman Alexander Levy and England's Oliver Wilson - were in a tie for second, with three others another shot back. At one stage late in the day, nine players were tied for the lead before Harrington jumped in front and Jacquelin then leapfrogged him with his strong finish for a 9-under total of 135.

The tournament is played on three courses, with 11 of the players in the top 12 having played Kingsbarns on Friday. Lowry was the only exception, shooting a 70 at St. Andrews.

Top-ranked Rory McIlroy shot a 67 on Kingsbarns to sit five shots back.

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