Saturday, September 10, 2016


Mouland still leads by one strokes at 

Paris Legends' senior tourney

Magnus P Atlevi and James Kingston shot second rounds of five and six under par respectively as they reduced overnight leader Mark Mouland’s advantage at the Paris Legends Championship at Le Golf National.
Sweden’s Atlevi carded a bogey free round of 66 at The 2018 Ryder Cup venue, and South African Kingston went one better with a 65 as the pair climbed the leaderboard.
Welshman Mouland carded three birdies and three bogeys during his level par round of 71, and the two-time European Tour winner is pleased to have kept sole ownership of first place in tricky conditions.
“I still have a one-shot lead, and I’m pretty happy with that,” he said. “When you’re leading, you never know what’s going to happen.
“You’re unlikely to shoot another really low score, especially today with the wind. I thought it was a lot trickier out there today.
“I started with a great 12-footer on one for a birdie and then I birdied six. I missed a short putt on nine, which would have got me to ten under, and that was the turning point.
“I hit a brick wall. I didn’t putt as well as I did yesterday, or play as well, and hung on in the end.
“But I’m pleased with a 71 at the end of the day.”
Atlevi, who was forced to withdraw from last week’s Travis Perkins Masters with a back injury, was delighted to find his name in the mix once again.
The three-time European Challenge Tour winner is currently fourth on the European Senior Tour Order of Merit and has recorded two tied third finishes and a fourth place finish so far this season.
“What I’m doing is good,” he said. “I feel like I’m playing solid. I was really disappointed last week because Woburn is a course that really suits my game. But I couldn’t finish and had to withdraw.
“It’s nice to get into the mix again, that’s why we’re here. We want to compete.
“I didn’t have any bogeys today, which is wonderful. It was good fun out there and good to be playing again.”
Kingston, also a two-time European Tour winner - including a home win at the 2008 South African Open – credited his son and caddie Christopher for his low-scoring round.
“It was unbelievable playing with Woosie and Steven Richardson today,” he said. “I started great on the first three holes but didn’t make a single putt.
“Just before I got frustrated, I made one on four and got some momentum. On the back nine, I had a couple of iffy shots but made some good putts. I made a good birdie on 16 and then a really good birdie on 18 to finish a proper round.
“I thought things could have gone wrong on 16 and 18 but I hit some great shots and Christopher, my son, really helped me stay focused out there today.
“We kept hitting the right shots at the right time and played safe when we needed to.”
Phil Golding, winner of the 2003 Open de France at Le Golf National, remains in the hunt after a level par round of 71, while a shot further back on three under par is former John Jacobs Trophy winner Peter Fowler.

Par 142 (2x71)
135 Mark Mouland (Wales) 64 71
136 Magnus P Atlevi (Swede) 70 66
137 James Kingston (South AFrica) 72 65

140 Ross Drummond 73 67 (T6)
146 Andrew Oldcorn 70 76 (T25)
148 Bill Longmuir 75 73 (T33)
151 Gordon Brand jun 79 72 (T41)
160 Sam Torrance 83 77 (52nd)





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