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2016 Open de France: Ace Bjerregaard holds slender lead

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 1 luglio 2016

Lucas BjerregaardLucas Bjerregaard will take a one-shot lead into the second round at the 100th Open de France but he will have defending champion Bernd Wiesberger hot on his heels at Le Golf National. Qualifier Mathieu Decottignies-Lafon is the leading Frenchman, in sixth position.The Dane had made just three of his last ten cuts but he found his form on the biggest stage with an elite field gathered at the course where the Ryder Cup will be held in 2018. He made the 26th hole-in-one of the season on the second as he signed for a five under par 66 and would not be caught on a day of sun and occasional showers in Paris. He was playing with totally new clubs after his were lost in transit but he showed no ill-effects as he holed from 202 yards with a seven iron on the second. He followed that with three birdies and a bogey in the next four holes and came home in 34. “It’s a great start and I think that’s what I’ve been needing these last few past weeks,” he said. “I’ve been playing decent and seeing a lot of improvements. I just haven’t really put any good rounds together.”But while he goes in search of a first European Mathieu Decottignies-LafonTour title, Wiesberger, Thongchai Jaidee and Thomas Pieters – who all sat just a shot back – have 12 between them. Wiesberger opened with three birdies in his first four holes and the Austrian added further gains on the 15th and 16th with a single bogey on the eighth. “You never know how it’s going to turn out the following year, but every time I come back here, I enjoy playing this place,” he said. “I was doing the right things today, hitting good tee shots and got myself into position, and that’s the key around here.” Qualifier and World Number 1051 Decottignies-Lafon held a share of the lead until a double-bogey on the last saw him sign for a 68 in just his fifth European Tour event. “That was quite a good first round. I played well all 18 holes. I just missed maybe three or four shots on the whole round. On a course like that, it’s very good. I had a lot of fun,” he said. “I tried to keep that spirit of the round. I’m happy with the score. Obviously even if I had a bad finish, I had a putt to go 6-under on the 17th, a 10-foot putt and just made it, but the ball didn’t break. The finish on 18, just needed a little more spin. I had the shot to go ten yards further to the pin and that’s where I wanted to go, but just didn’t come into my shot. That was a great test today.” Three other French players are in the top 10 after the first round of the 100th staging of their national open, with rounds of 69: Grégory Bourdy, Sébastien Gros and Romain Wattel, while home favourite Victor Dubuisson is 29th with a level-par round of 71 matched by playing partner and World No. 4 Rory McIlroy. (photos: Lucas Bjerregaard, Mathieu Decottignies-Lafon)


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