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2016 Open de France: McIlroy surges into share of Paris lead

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 2 luglio 2016

Rory McIlroyRory McIlroy stormed into a share of the second-round lead at the 100th Open de France with a brilliant five under par 66 at Le Golf National. The World No. 4 stands alongside Thongchai Jaidee, Mikko Ilonen, Brandon Stone and Jeunghun Wang. Adrien Saddier is the first Frenchman in thirteenth position. McIlroy battled to a level par 71 in the first round and admitted his swing was a “work in progress” as he attempted to rectify the issues that saw him miss the cut at the US Open two weeks ago. Barring a tee-shot into the water on the last, however, the World Number Four showed no signs of swing trouble on Friday.”Today was a good day,” said McIlroy. “I played well. I kept the ball in play, I drove it well, hit fairways, hit a lot of greens. That’s sort of what you need to do around this golf course. I putted well, I felt like I putted nicely. There were still a couple of putts that didn’t quite drop but it felt good out there. It’s nice to go into contention.” A second round 66, five under par, catapulted himself into a share of the lead alongside Mikko Ilonen, Thongchai Jaidee, Brandon Stone and Jeunghun Wang.That leading group has 28 European Tour wins between them, but with an elite field gathered in Paris as the Open de France becomes the first National Open in continental Europe to celebrate its centenary, the chasing pack was also formidable. Defending champion Bernd Wiesberger was atAdrien Saddie four under alongside Nicolas Colsaerts and Anders Hansen, with Joost Luiten, Francesco Molinari, Thomas Pieters and Andy Sullivan a further shot back. The diversity of the European Tour was on full display with eight different nations represented in the top eight spots on the leaderboard and there were 32 players within five shots of top spot.On the French side, Thursday’s unexpected hero Mathieu Decottignies-Lafon struggled to a two-over-par round of 73 and fell back in 18th position on minus one, alongside Alexander Levy who had a solid two-under 69. But the best Frenchman after two rounds is now Challenge Tour member Adrien Saddier, who had 17 pars and a single birdie in his second consecutive round of 70. The 24-year-old from Annemasse was delighted with his effort: “It was a little less windy today, which made things a bit easier, but I’m still very happy with my bogey-free round. It’s always nice to play on this course, which will host the Ryder Cup, in front of the French crowd.” Among the 66 players who made the cut at 3-over par, ten Frenchman qualified for the last two rounds on Saturday and Sunday.
Last but not least, a day after Dane Lucas Bjerregaard had a hole-in-one, Ireland’s Paul Dunne achieved the same feat on Friday, sinking a 198-yards, 4-iron shot into the cup at hole number 8!

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