Friday, April 14, 2017

Duncan Stewart leading Scot at Rabat, Morocco


Havret rallies in Rabat for halfway lead

Grégory Havret claimed the halfway lead at the Trophée Hassan II, despite finishing with back-to-back bogeys, as the Frenchman carded a three under par 70 to move one shot clear on six under in Rabat, Morocco.
The 40 year old has not won on the European Tour since 2008 and famously came close to a fourth title at the US Open Championship in 2010, finishing runner-up to Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell, but he was back to his best at Royal Golf Dar es Salam.
A bogey-free front nine took him to the turn in two under before a birdie at the 11th was followed by an eagle at the par five 12th.
Three bogeys in the final six holes were offset by just one birdie, however, and he could only match his opening round to edge clear of the chasing pack.
Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard (71) and Trevor Fisher Jnr (70) of South Africa were the closest contenders on five under par while Irishman Paul Dunne made the most of the sunny and calm early conditions to card a rare sub-70 round, a four under 69, to join James Morrison of England and Frenchman Grégory Bourdy in a share of fourth on four under.
Player quotes
Grégory Havret
“It's always a bit of a shame to finish like this - bogey, bogey. It's obviously not the best but the rest was pretty good. This course is tough so you can't avoid mistakes all day long.
“So far, so good. I'm quite happy with the way it's been. I know more than anybody probably that the road is still long.
“But I'm obviously very happy, I'm playing well, I love this course, I love this place and I'm loving this country. I feel good.”
Lucas Bjerregaard
“It was a bit different to yesterday, yesterday I played great except for a few really bad shots but today my bad shots were a little bit better. I didn’t give myself the chances I got yesterday, so a little bit more boring scorecard – not as many birdies but not as many mistakes either
“I made a couple of par saves and all in all I’m happy, it’s tricky out there when the wind is blowing everywhere and you can’t feel it in the trees so I’m pretty happy.
“I’ve played the par fives well. I parred eight today, that was the only one. They’re quote long so that definitely suits me and I’ve hit some good drives on them. I’ve only hit one green in two but I’ve been in the right places which is important around here with those small greens, you have to be on the right side.
“It’s a good position to be in. As I said yesterday, after five weeks off it’s nice to come out and play well and it’s nice to play well today, to see yesterday wasn’t just a once off. I’m in good shape and I’m feeling good about my game, I’m looking forward to the weekend.”
Trevor Fisher Jnr
“I’ve had a few good holes and a few bad holes out there. It was tricky out there today, you’ve got to hit the ball pretty good, you’ve got to hit your irons good. It’s a tough course so if you can shoot under par you should be happy.
“It’s going to be a nice weekend, it’ll be a good test. If I can try and find some good feelings I’ll have a good chance at the end of the week. I’ll be fighting and we’ll see what happens on Sunday, hopefully I can do something special.”
James Morrison
“I hit a good third shot into 18 and it’s run over the green, then after an OK chip I hit a really good putt which was going in the front edge all the way. I’m guessing the group before had nicked the hole when they took the flag out so there was a little ramp in front of the hole, but that’s the way it goes.
“A six at the last is obviously disappointing but I’ve still got a good chance now. It’s a tough course but it seems like people are talking it up to be harder than it actually it. I’m not saying it’s easy, it’s a very tough golf course but if you start listening to other people’s thoughts about it it’ll make you own thoughts change.
“It’s hard and you’ve got to play well but at the same time you’ll still get birdie chances. I’m looking forward to it, it’s a golf course I’m loving playing. It sets up for a really good weekend.”
Paul Dunne
“I’ve been playing well and yesterday I didn’t play well from tee to green but I managed to salvage a couple of late birdies but today I played better.
“I hit my driver straighter and I was striking my irons more solidly so I gave myself a lot of chances and I’m putting well so it’s disappointing to finish with a couple of bogeys but I got a couple of bad lies and things didn’t go my way at the end. But I’d have taken that score at the start of the day.
“Hopefully I get my suitcase back tonight. I have to apologies to my sponsors that I’m wearing random clothes which I bought in a shop because I lost my suitcase and it’s being found as we speak. I’ve had none of my own clothes this week, I had to buy them in the shops.
“It would be remiss of me if I didn’t mention that. Hopefully I get them back tonight and I can wear the proper stuff this weekend.”
Grégory Bourdy
“I am very pleased about my game, again it was a very good day. I played solid the whole round and I think the driver was the key again today. I made a lot of fairways and it’s much easier when you do that, there are so many tricky greens. It was a good day.
“It’s good to be in this position, two shots behind the leader Greg and with a few guys nearby. I am feeling good and confident and I really like this course so I’m enjoying every minute.”
Par 146 (2x73)
140 G Havret (Fra) 70 70,
141 T Fisher Jnr (RSA) 71 70, L Bjerregaard (Den) 70 71,
142 P Dunne (Irl) 73 69, J Morrison (Eng) 70 72, G Bourdy (Fra) 71 71,
143 T Lewis (Eng) 75 68, D Frittelli (RSA) 71 72, B Hebert (Fra) 75 68, J Campillo (Esp) 74 69,
144 V Dubuisson (Fra) 73 71, R Gouveia (Por) 75 69, C Hanson (Eng) 74 70, D Stewart (Sco) 72 72, D Brooks (Eng) 73 71, L Jensen (Den) 75 69, J Edfors (Swe) 73 71, M Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) 72 72, P Edberg (Swe) 71 73,
145 M Ilonen (Fin) 72 73, E Molinari (Ita) 71 74, M Pavon (Fra) 72 73, R Gonzalez (Arg) 74 71, P Larrazábal (Esp) 72 73, P Waring (Eng) 74 71, S Heisele (Ger) 72 73, G Stal (Fra) 70 75, A Otaegui (Esp) 73 72, A Karlsson (Swe) 72 73,
146 W Ormsby (Aus) 75 71, L Slattery (Eng) 74 72, J Van Zyl (RSA) 71 75, M Armitage (Eng) 76 70, S Soderberg (Swe) 73 73, A Levy (Fra) 71 75, M Manassero (Ita) 72 74, J Winther (Den) 72 74, A Saddier (Fra) 73 73, M Foster (Eng) 72 74,
147 R Paratore (Ita) 73 74, R Bland (Eng) 74 73, C Pigem (Esp) 75 72, J Dantorp (Swe) 73 74, L Canter (Eng) 74 73, A Wall (Eng) 74 73, S Tiley (Eng) 75 72, J Guerrier (Fra) 76 71, R Echenique (Arg) 73 74, A Chesters (Eng) 73 74, J Luiten (Ned) 75 72, B Evans (Eng) 72 75, M Nixon (Eng) 74 73, D Im (USA) 74 73, A Rai (Eng) 72 75, H Porteous (RSA) 77 70, S Gros (Fra) 77 70, M Orrin (Eng) 71 76, A Lguirati (am) (Mar) 76 71,
148 J Smith (Eng) 73 75, R Karlberg (Swe) 75 73, D Drysdale (Sco) 72 76, R Wattel (Fra) 72 76, C Paisley (Eng) 76 72, J Stalter (Fra) 76 72, J Lagergren (Swe) 75 73, D Perrier (Fra) 74 74, R Johnson (Swe) 72 76, A Cañizares (Esp) 72 76, J Fahrbring (Swe) 73 75, D Burmester (RSA) 78 70, M Southgate (Eng) 75 73,
149 E Pepperell (Eng) 73 76, R Dinwiddie (Eng) 76 73, A Marshall (Eng) 75 74, F Fritsch (Ger) 76 73, M Hoey (Nir) 76 73, T Linard (Fra) 77 72, N Elvira (Esp) 73 76, N Fasth (Swe) 78 71, R Rock (Eng) 72 77, N Bertasio (Ita) 72 77, B Stone (RSA) 75 74, T Detry (Bel) 72 77, J Quesne (Fra) 73 76, D Howell (Eng) 73 76, G Porteous (Eng) 76 73, C Sordet (Fra) 71 78, M Korhonen (Fin) 74 75,
150 R Jacquelin (Fra) 74 76, C Shinkwin (Eng) 76 74, E De La Riva (Esp) 77 73, E Compton (USA) 75 75, J Carlsson (Swe) 75 75, S Jamieson (Sco) 72 78, R Sterne (RSA) 76 74, J Wang (SKor) 77 73, R Ramsay (Sco) 74 76, M Siem (Ger) 75 75,
151 J Rutherford (Eng) 78 73, P Widegren (Swe) 75 76, D Horsey (Eng) 73 78, R Green (Aus) 77 74, F Serghini (Mar) 76 75, R Langasque (Fra) 77 74, A Björk (Swe) 80 71, Y El Hassani (Mar) 77 74,
152 T Bjørn (Den) 77 75, J Donaldson (Wal) 77 75, N Kimsey (Eng) 80 72, S Manley (Wal) 72 80,
153 R Saxton (Ned) 76 77, S Gallacher (Sco) 78 75, N Holman (Aus) 78 75, B Ritthammer (Ger) 77 76, R Karlsson (Swe) 77 76, O Fisher (Eng) 77 76, A Knappe (Ger) 75 78, A Marjan (Mar) 77 76, Z Lombard (RSA) 76 77,
154 N Colsaerts (Bel) 77 77, J Walters (RSA) 75 79, Y Touhami (Mar) 82 72, S Dyson (Eng) 79 75, G King (Eng) 76 78, J Heath (Eng) 77 77, P Maddy (Eng) 77 77, R McEvoy (Eng) 75 79, P Angles (Esp) 79 75, J Lima (Por) 77 77, A Id-Omar (am) (Mar) 78 76,
155 S Henry (Sco) 79 76, H Otto (RSA) 75 80, S Walker (Eng) 78 77,
156 C Hinton (Eng) 78 78,
157 M Kieffer (Ger) 80 77, J Ahlers (RSA) 81 76, Y Yang (SKor) 79 78, D Boshart (Ned) 77 80, F Aguilar (Chi) 78 79, R Finch (Eng) 81 76,
159 A Sabi (Mar) 80 79,
160 M Weir (Can) 81 79, S Luna (Esp) 82 78,
** J Parry (Eng) 80 WD,



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