There is a three-way tie at the top of the Alstom Open leaderboard in Paris at Le Golf National. Home favorite Victor Dubuisson is joined by Martin Kaymer and Rafa Cabrera-Bello.
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Victor carded a second round -1 under par 70, in windy conditions, to join Rafa and Martin at the top of the Alstom Open leaderboard at -4 under par for the tournament.
Victor, whose only previous European Tour victory came in the 2013 Turkish Airlines Open, said you can not make a mistake on this course, and he hopes his good putting will help him to win;
“I played very well.”
“On this course, when you start to make one bogey, two bogeys, then you think that it can turn really bad, but I had a great round and I’m very happy about the way I played today.”
“It was really tough out there with the wind this afternoon. You can’t afford any mistakes.”
“It’s great support but I’m so focused on my game I don’t really look around; I can feel the support.
“I will have to play again very well tomorrow, and if the putting is good it can be a good result.”
Martin, who is an ex Champion here, in 2009, said it has been a while since he was in contention for a win;
“Obviously I enjoy this golf course and have had success here.”
“It’s been a few months since I’ve been in one of the last groups of a tournament.”
“The crowds are behind me and playing with Victor the last couple of days was good fun, too. A lot of people were following our group, so I think it’s going to be an exciting weekend.”
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Rafa reported that anything under par on this tough course was good;
“Obviously the scoring has been good, two consecutive rounds under par on this course is very good.”
“It’s a very tough course. There is less rough this year, but it is still hard.”
“The best thing about it is I haven’t had really much, much trouble. I’ve made some bogeys of course, but never put myself in position of shooting a high number.”
“Obviously some things have been going wrong because my scoring during the first two days, or even Saturday, as well, compared to Sunday is not quite the same. But I’m working on that.
“I’m going to keep knocking on the door and one day it will open.”
Francesco Molinari, Jaco Van Zyl and the English trio of Daniel Brooks, Tyrrell Hatton and James Morrison are all just one shot off the pace on -3 under par for the competition, and in all there are only 17 players under par for their two rounds.
Sadly defending champion Graeme McDowell’s bid for a hat-trick of titles here has ended, with a second round +7 over par 78 which had him miss the cut. He was joined on the way home by the fading star of Lee Westwood.