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Local hero Chia takes halfway Malaysia lead

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  • Danny Chia cards a pair of eagles in his seven-under-par 65 at Malaysia Open
  • Chia holds a three-shot lead over Sweden's Alexander Noren at halfway stage
  • First day leader Noh Seung-yul takes 11 shots more in a second round of 73
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(CNN) -- Home hope Danny Chia charged into the halfway lead at the Malaysian Open on Friday with a seven-under-par 65, boosted by a pair of eagles at the Saujana Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur.

Chia weighs up a putt during his superb second round of 65 in Kuala Lumpur.

Chia weighs up a putt during his superb second round of 65 in Kuala Lumpur.

It gave the 36-year-old Chia a two-round total of 13-under 131, three strokes clear of Sweden's Alexander Noren.

First day leader, Korean teenager Noh Seung-yul is a further shot back after following his opening 62 with a one-over 73.

English pair Nick Dougherty (70) and Simon Griffiths (66) joined former Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Liang Wen-Chong of China (71) and Australia's Adam Blyth (70) in a tie for fourth on eight-under-par.

England's Simon Dyson carded a hole-in-one on his way to a 66 to lie a further shot back, while big-name American import Anthony Kim continued his European Tour adventures with a brilliant seven-under-par 65. It enabled him to survive the halfway cut by one after a six-over-par 78 to open.

But it was Chia who dominated the day with birdies on four of his first eight holes after starting his round from the 10th hole.

The real fireworks came on the front nine as he drove to within a foot at the par-four fourth. He dropped his only shot of the day at the next hole but pitched in from 90-yards for another eagle on the seventh.

"I played really good and I am very happy," Chia told the official European Tour Web site. "I eagled the fourth and then chipped in at the seventh and my club went sky high. That was nice.

"It looks like my game plan over the last two days has been pretty good so I hope to stick to it during the weekend," he added.

Chia shared the the lead with Dougherty and India's Jyoti Randhawa at the same stage of last year's Malaysia Open, but will be anxious to avoid repeating the 78 he then produced in the third round.

The $2 milllion tournament is also co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour.

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