Cabrera Bello leads by three in Hong Kong

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Rafael Cabrera Bello holds a three-shot advantage at the halfway mark in the Hong Kong Open after carding a five-under second round of 65 on Friday.

The Spaniard started with a flawless 64 at the Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling and made just one bogey a day later to ensure he will head into the weekend in a strong position on 11 under.

Cabrera Bello has not missed a solitary cut this year and is on course for a first European Tour victory since 2012.

There were five birdies for the European Ryder Cup rookie, who leads the way from Sam Brazel after the Australian signed for a second consecutive 66.

"I know I will win again. I've won before. I just need to keep giving myself chances," said Cabrera Bello.

"I have been working on some mistakes that maybe I have done on other occasions. I don't think I'm doing anything wrong not to get the win, so it will happen. Hopefully it will happen in two days' time."

Danny Willett is among four players five shots off the pace in a share of third place after the Masters champion made five birdies on the back nine to card a 66 of his own.

Tommy Fleetwood is another Englishman on six under courtesy of a 68 along with Justin Walters of South Africa and American Paul Peterson.