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Luiten climbs Durban leaderboard

Joost Luiten jumped into contention for the Volvo Golf Champions in spectacular fashion on Friday, carding an albatross on the 10th hole.

Luiten holed his second shot to the 560-yard par five to jump from three under to six under par and join defending champion Louis Oosthuizen and Raphael Jacquelin in the lead on six under in Durban.

The elite 36-man field were taking advantage of calmer conditions after strong winds blew in from the adjacent Indian Ocean on Thursday, with former Open champion Darren Clarke beginning his round with three birdies in his first four holes.

A poor bunker shot on the sixth led to a first bogey of the day and left Clarke, who has failed to record a single top-10 finish on the European Tour in the last two years, on five under.

Jacquelin had reached seven under with birdies on the third and fourth but duffed a chip on the next to bogey, while Oosthuizen - the 2010 Open Champion at St Andrews - had picked up shots on the third and sixth.

England's Chris Wood and France's Victor Dubuisson were alongside Clarke on five under, while 2012 winner Branden Grace had carded the lowest round of the day so far, the South African making two eagles and three birdies in his 67 to finish three under.

Ireland's Padraig Harrington was also having an eventful day, with his caddie Ronan Flood falling victim to a stomach bug and being forced to leave the course after six holes.

Flood received medical treatment in the clubhouse and is expected to resume his duties on Saturday, while a local photographer initially took over from Flood before a replacement caddie was secured.

Luiten, who is just outside the automatic Ryder Cup places after winning the KLM Open in his native Holland last September, also birdied the 13th to move to seven under, where he was soon joined by Oosthuizen after he followed a bogey on the eighth with birdies at the ninth and 10th.

Clarke had moved to six under with a birdie on the eighth, but then became the latest victim of the tough 11th hole, a 480-yard par four played back into the wind due to the change of direction from Thursday.

Italy's Matteo Manassero had set the clubhouse target on five under, the youngest ever BMW PGA Championship winner taking a double-bogey on the 11th but also carding seven birdies in his 67.

Luiten also completed a 67 after recovering from a bogey on the 16th with a birdie on the last, setting a clubhouse target of seven under par.

Oosthuizen remained seven under with three holes to play and it had become a three-way tie at the top thanks to birdies on the 14th and 15th from England's Tommy Fleetwood, winner of the Johnnie Walker Championship on the Ryder Cup course at Gleneagles last year.