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France's Levy leads BMW Masters in China

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SHANGHAI (AP) France's Alexander Levy had five straight birdies in the middle of his round and finished with a 7-under 65 to take the lead in the BMW Masters on Thursday.

Levy began the birdie run on the par-4 ninth on Lake Malaren's Masters Course. He won the Volvo China Open in Shenzhen in April for his first European Tour title and took the rain-shortened Portugal Masters this month, becoming the first Frenchman to win two events in a single season on the European Tour.

"My golf game is very good as I was bogey-free in missing only one fairway and I'm still aggressive on the golf course and I like to play this golf, so I need to be thinking this way for the rest of the week," Levy said. "I just like playing in China and, for me, this golf course is pretty much the same as in Shenzhen where there is a lot of water and you play target golf."

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PGA:  CIMB Classic
LPGA:  Fubon 2014 LPGA Taiwan Championship
Champions:  Charles Schwab Cup Championship
European:  BMW MASTERS

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