'I'm enjoying myself and I'm just going to play exactly the same way I have done over these past two rounds' Omega Hong Kong Open leader Richard McEvoy has bought a couple of 'cheap Rolexes' to remember his first visit to the SAR - just in case he loses his way and the tournament, which has a sponsor's watch to accompany the first prize. 'I went to the night market and bought a couple of cheap Rolexes,' revealed the easy-going McEvoy when asked if he had seen anything of Hong Kong. After a stunning opening round of 62, the Englishman added a two-under-par 68 yesterday to aggregate 10-under 130 and hold on to the lead at the half-way mark. The rookie, who won his full card for the European Tour last month, had led by four shots at the end of day one. At the end of the second round, McEvoy saw his lead reduced to three by defending champion Fredrik Jacobson, who shot a 65. 'The closer you can get [to McEvoy] the better. I have got myself into a good position and I can put pressure on him now,' said Swede Jacobson who finished off an excellent round with a birdie on his final hole, the 18th, where he dropped a 12-footer. In third place, five shots adrift of McEvoy is another Swede, Henrik Nystrom, while tied for fourth place six shots behind McEvoy are a bunch of players including Padraig Harrington of Ireland, South African Hennie Otto, Swede Peter Gustafsson and the best Asian finisher, Thai Prayad Marksaeng. But McEvoy still holds sway. And just in case he fails to win the 45th Hong Kong Open and land a 'double eagle' wristwatch - on top of the winner's purse of US$113,000 - he spent Thursday night traipsing through one of this town's busy street markets picking up a few souvenirs. 'The watches are for me. I also bought a few handbags for my girlfriend,' laughed McEvoy, with all the enthusiasm of his 24 years. 'I feel pretty relaxed and I don't feel under any pressure.' McEvoy may be a bargain-hunter at night but he has put a mighty premium on his own game during the past two days which have seen the rest of the field scrambling to come within touching distance. Although the sensational birdie blitz of the opening day was not repeated, McEvoy did enough to maintain supremacy. 'It was a good steady round. It was more pleasing in the way I bounced back on both occasions after I had bogeyed. There were not as many birdie putts today, but I still did enough,' said McEvoy, who collected four birdies and two bogeys. Both bogeys, on the par-four 381-yard seventh and par-four 395-yard 13th hole were quickly followed by birdies. He refused to take a 'watchful' approach, rather he attacked and it paid immediate dividends. In the first round, McEvoy bogeyed the 13th too, his only blemish on a day when he was blessed with nine birdies. 'It is a bad hole for me. But I hope to put it right tomorrow,' he said cheerfully. He does not want to believe the 13th will be his bogey hole. His sunny disposition is manifested in his solid game. Already there are whispers he could be the next big star to arise from England, the next Nick Faldo - his hero while growing up. IMG, the big international sports marketing firm and agents of such stars as Tiger Woods and Faldo, have signed McEvoy up. They did this before he had even won his card on the European Tour. The modus operandi of these Jerry Maguire-types is to take a punt on anyone they feel has a modicum of talent and the potential to become money-spinners. Obviously, they feel McEvoy has those traits. He has certainly shown it over the past couple of days. When asked what it would take to win the tournament, world number 10 Harrington (another IMG-backed player) quipped: 'It could be 20-under the way that chap [McEvoy] is going.' Said McEvoy: 'I have never led into the weekend in a tournament. I'm enjoying myself and I'm just going to play exactly the same way I have done over these past two rounds.' McEvoy spent a couple of hundred dollars picking up his fake watches on Thursday night. Tomorrow, he could well be the proud owner of a $94,000, 18-carat watch. Only time will tell if he goes home with the real thing, or with the make-believe stuff.