Rookie Tampion shares lead

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Andrew Tampion moved to the top of the leaderboard in theIndonesia Open yesterday, just four tournaments into his European Tour career.

The 22-year-old fired a five-under-par 66 at Damai Indah Golf and Country Club to take a share of the clubhouse lead with an eight-under-par 134 when darkness ended play with 32 players yet to complete their second rounds. Mikko Ilonen, of Finland, was tied with Tampion with one hole to play. Both held a three-stroke lead over their closest challengers - a group of four including the South Koreans Nam Young-woo and Suk Jong Yul, Thailand's Chapchai Nirat and Gaurav Ghei of India.

Tampion turned professional late last year and earned his card after coming through all three stages of the European Tour qualifying school.

"I am having a ball," the Melbourne-born player said. "I turned professional in November, and ... I am looking forward to some successful years to come. I have made two of the three cuts I have played and finished around 50th. I hope I can go out at the weekend and improve on that."

England's Gareth Davies was the leading Briton on four under, earning him a tie for seventh place alongside Australia's Steve Strange and Sweden's Alexander Noren. Thursday's overnight leader Thailand's Chawalit Plaphol shot a three-over 74 to drop to three under. Defending champion Simon Dyson is one under after a 71.

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