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Kinhult Steals Show As Fox Clings To Contention

Ryan Fox was tenacious in staying on the edge of contention at the French Open (Photo: Bruce Young)
A former standout amateur stole the show at the French Open overnight where six Australasians have qualified for the weekend on a difficult Le Golf National layout in Paris.

Swede Marcus Kinhult, who led the Nordea Masters through 36 holes as an amateur in 2015, posted a stunning 6-under 65 to open a two shot lead with two rounds to play.

The 21-year-old was considered a star in waiting when he turned professional and won the Tour School in 2015 but struggled with his game in his rookie season then spent 2017 on the secondary Challenge Tour.

He is back on the main Tour this year  and has already shown signs of his potential woth a third place finish in Qatar and two other top 15 results.

“It feels good, it feels really good,” Kinhult said after his round.

“I got off to a great start and played well from there. The wind picked up a little bit on the back nine, the last four or five holes or so, but happy overall.

“Saturday is going to be a big day and hopefully Sunday as well. It's a position I have never been in before so we'll see.”

Kinhult leads England’s Chris Wood by two with Spanish star Jon Rahm lurking dangerously a stroke further back alongside overnight leader Bradley Dredge.

Ryan Fox is the  best of the Australasians contingent at 1-over heading to the weekend but with the course playing difficult he is only just outside the top 20.

With three birdies against three bogeys the long hitting Kiwi showed tenacity on a day when many went backwards and with only 15 players under par through the opening two rounds he is not out of the equation yet.

Scott Hend and Wade Ormsby are next best of the Australians a shot further back and T30 while Sam Brazel makes a welcome weekend appearance at 3-over and T41.

Brazel comes off a run of seven consecutive missed cuts dating back to February and will take some confidence from qualifying for the weekend on a course playing tough.

Brett Rumford and New Zealand’s Josh Geary will also play Saturday and Sunday after both made the cut on the number at 4-over.

Missing the cut were Jason Norris, Marcus Fraser, Jason Scrivener, Adam Bland and Andrew Dodt.

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