Friday, September 02, 2016

Omega European Masters in Switzerland

Langasque shoots a 63 to share lead with 

Bland and Green at halfway

Romain Langasque insisted he was not felling any pressure after firing a brilliant seven-under-par 63 to take a share of the second-round lead on nine-under-par 131 at the Omega European Masters.
The 21 year old Frenchman is playing in just his fifth European Tour event at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club and was a small child when co-leaders Richard Bland and Richard Green began their careers on Tour.
The 2015 British amateur championship winner looked very much at home in the Alps, however, and after making an eagle and five birdies in the morning, it looked like he would lead on his own into the weekend before a brilliant late charge from Bland and Green.
Englishman Bland had a birdie-birdie-birdie finish for a 64 to join Langasque on 131  before another hat-trick of birdies from Green from the 13th catapulted the Australian into double figures, although he dropped a shot on the 17th and finished with a 66 for nine-under 131.
Green is playing a remarkable 18th consecutive season on the European Tour and is looking for his third win having last tasted victory at the 2010 Portugal Masters.
Bland has 392 European Tour starts to his name as he seeks a first win but Langasque - who currently leads the standings on the Challenge Tour - is not fazed by the company he is keeping.
"I'm quite sure I will be on the European Tour next year so I play without pressure," he said. "If I play well that's cool and if I play badly then it is no problem. I have nothing to lose. I have no pressure and maybe that's why I can play well.
"My hopes for the weekend? Win. I will try my best to win. Most important is to have fun all the time."
He added: "I'm really happy about this round. My driving and putting was really, really good. It is good to play well on this course. I enjoyed my round."
An eagle on the par five 14th sandwiched birdies on the 11th and 17th as Langasque turned in 31. A glorious approach to six feet on the fifth moved him ahead on his own before further gains on the drivable seventh and the par five ninth.
Bland opened his round with a bogey on the tenth but made gains on the 17th, 18th, second and fifth before his big finish.

Green was a picture of consistency with birdies on the fourth, eighth, 13th, 14th and 15th before he made his only bogey of the day on the penultimate hole.

Swede Alex Noren, Australia's Scott Hend and Canadian Richard T Lee were a shot behind the leaders, with Noren having joined Langasque with a 63.
The 34 year old Swede made birdies on the 11th, 13th, 14th, first, fifth, seventh and ninth - the highlight being a 20-foot putt on the fifth.

Lee recovered from three early bogeys by making five birdies in a row from the seventh and adding an eagle and a birdie on the 14th and 15th.

Hend made five birdies and a bogey, using his distance to take advantage of all three par fives for the second day in a row.

Spain's Alejandro CaƱizares, Denmark's Joachim B Hansen, Finn Mikko Ilonen, England's Andrew Johnston and Frenchman Julien Quesne were then at seven under, with 30 players within five shots of the lead.

par 140 (2x70)
131 R Langasque (France) 68 63, R Bland (England) 67 64, R Green (Australia) 65 66
132 A Noren (Sweden) 69 63, S Hend (Australia) 65 67, R T Lee (Canada) 67 65

138 D Drysdale 70 68, P Lawrie 70 68 (T39)
139 R Ramsay 71 68 (T50)]
140 S Gallacher 72 68 (T65)

141 M Warren 73 68
145 S Jamieson 75 70
146 C Lee 76 70





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