Hamlet without the Prince of Denmark. Or perhaps you can liken it to Hong Kong without Victoria Harbour. Whichever way you look at it, the US$2 million UBS Hong Kong Open will be missing its main character this weekend - star-turn Retief Goosen who missed the cut yesterday. While Spaniard Jose Manuel Lara stayed atop the leaderboard for the second successive day, - holding a slender one-shot lead over France's Gregory Bourdy - world number five Goosen couldn't quite get the hang of the par-70 Fanling course on his first visit to Hong Kong Golf Club. The two-time US Open champion (2001 and 2004) struggled to a one-over 71 in his second round. Added to his even-par performance in the opening round, it left the South African narrowly out of the frame for the final rounds by just one stroke. 'I let myself down on the greens. Obviously, I'm disappointed with the day. I have enjoyed Hong Kong and playing in this tournament and I would love to come back again,' Goosen said. Goosen, the highest-ranked player in the field, had an error-strewn back-nine where he began with a double-bogey on the par-four first hole (he began his round at the 10th tee) and then made two more bogeys at the fourth and ninth holes. It put paid to his hopes of adding his name to the illustrious list of champions. It is the fourth time Goosen has missed a cut this year - and it left the title sponsors putting on a brave face as one of the players they paid appearance money will be packing his bags early. 'Obviously, we share Retief's disappointment at missing the cut, especially when it is a competitor like him who is used to success,' said Oliver Bertschinger, head of UBS Asia Pacific. 'It is unfortunate for the fans who would have liked to see him on the weekend, but that is the nature of sport.' The crowds will have to look to defending champion and Ryder Cup star Colin Montgomerie to provide the glamour. The Scot added a four-under-par 66 to his opening round of 69 to be five shots off the pace. Cigar-chomping Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez, the winner in 2004, was also five strokes behind the leader, adding a 67 to his first round of 68. Lara, who shared the overnight lead with India's Jyoti Randhawa, was as consistent as ever, as he shot a 66 to total 10-under-par 130. 'I have been in this position a number of times [leading after the opening two rounds], but I now need to finish it off. It is going to be very tight. I don't think any player is going to win by five shots,' said Lara. Frenchman Bourdy had a bogey-free 66 to stay in touch. 'I'm very happy to be nine-under after two rounds. I hope I can continue to be as consistent over the next two rounds,' he said. Asia's challenge was given a boost by the timely return to form of Zhang Lianwei. Zhang shot a stunning 63, the best of the tournament, to catapult up into joint-third place, two shots behind Lara. Tied with Zhang on eight-under 132 are up-and-coming Australian Andrew Buckle and Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines. Overnight leader Randhawa, meanwhile, slipped to three shots off the pace after carding a 69. He is in joint-sixth with fellow-Indian Jeev Milkha Singh on seven-under 133. 'I struggled today and I wasn't too focused,' said Randhawa. 'It was tough to judge shots, but shooting a bad round and coming out with one under and still in the top five - I'll take that.'