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Ashley Chesters joint-second at British Masters

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Ashley CHESTERS sits among the frontunners at the British Masters after another excellent round in the £3million event.

Ashley Chesters on the 11th fairway on day two at Close House

Chesters is one of five golfers in joint-second, three shots adrift of leader Tyrrell Hatton.

The Hawkstone Park ace was out early at Close House in Northumberland yesterday and soon set about building on his opening-round 65.

He hit six birdies as he carded 66 to sit on nine under for the tournament alongside tournament host Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Chris Hanson and Robert Karlsson, with Graeme Storm and Lee Slattery on eight under with Finland’s Mikko Ilonen.

Rory McIlroy could only add a 69 to his opening 67 to lie eight shots off the pace on four under alongside former Masters champion Danny Willett.

Hatton said: “I’m happy with my work and it’s just try and have a bit of fun out there. I feel like I’ve been sort of laughing a bit more, a bit more relaxed. I certainly think he’s (Jonathan Bell - caddie) helped me do that but I think playing better certainly helps as well.”

McIlroy added: “It was a little bit of a struggle. I think we got the better of the conditions.

“We didn’t have to contend with the rain like the guys did in the morning, but the wind got up a little bit which made it a bit trickier.

“There was chances out there, I just didn’t get off to a great start.

“I played OK on the way in, but I obviously need to go a bit lower on the weekend to have a chance.”

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