Sterne shares lead in France
Versailles - Denmark's Thomas Bjorn and South African Richard Sterne on Friday moved into a tie with overnight leader Anders Hansen on five under par at the French Open with the Dane set to tee off at Le Golf National. Bjorn, who famously collapsed at the 2003 British Open when he blew a two stroke lead with three holes to play, endured another frustrating day when he bogeyed the final two holes after seizing a two shot lead thanks to five birdies through 16 holes. The two-time Ryder Cup winner slipped back into a tie with Hansen and Sterne, who picked up three straight birdies down the stretch on the way to a round of two under par 69 and a total of 137.
Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell moved into contention with a solid round while Scotland's Stephen Gallacher bogeyed the 18th to also drop to four under after a second round 70. McDowell was enjoying a bogey free round through 16 holes which included three birdies before dropping a stroke at the tough 17th which deprived him a share of the lead.
Thirty-five-year-old Graeme Storm from Hartlepool, northeast England, had five birdies on the way to a three-under par round of 68 and is also well placed at one shot back. French hope Romain Wattel begins his second round later Friday after an opening round of 67 while veteran Australian Richard Green took advantage of an eagle on the third hole as he climbed to three under during a round that was stained by a bogey at the last.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at SPORT24