Colsaerts joins Coetzee at top of French Open standings

Ruben Hill
October 21, 2019

Colsaerts has not won a European Tour tournament since 2012, but a four-under 67 in his third round put the Belgian 13 under with a nice cushion at Le Golf National.

American Kurt Kitayama is a shot off the lead on eight under, with Scotland's Richie Ramsay a stroke further back following a second round of 69. "I've seen better days, and I've been happier".

Gavin Moynihan came close to claiming a £130,000 sports vehicle for a hole-in-one at the Open de France, but his ball hit the bottom of the cup and bounced back out! He's got the power to tame the course that staged last year's Ryder Cup.

"I think it will depend on the conditions. It's not the kind of course where you can be aggressive without thinking". It depends on the tee shots, wind direction and that kind of stuff. "You have to choose them right I guess".

Coetzee and Ryan Fox were joint-leaders after the first round in Paris and the South African will head into the weekend nine under par after carding a three-under 68. It was a tricky day.

Morning starters had to contend with cold and wind following overnight rain, but the weather improved later in the day and Coetzee took advantage by making six birdies on his back nine.

The veteran Scot made only one par on the front nine, which he began with a double-bogey six before mixing five birdies with two bogeys in a colourful, outward 35, but Ramsay then enjoyed a steady run of pars before picking up shots at 14 and 15, only to err again at the last to slip to seven under. "I felt I was playing good enough throughout the year but I would always throw a pretty bad nine holes in here and there that would make me go backwards".

He sits one stroke ahead of French number one Victor Perez going into the weekend.

"Today was a lot tougher", said Kitayama, who's seeking his third win of the 2019 season.

"Just grinding it out and really fighting for a good round". "Coming into today, I was definitely - "Oh, it's going to be really tough", but it was a lot of fun".

Kaymer offset six birdies with four bogeys in an erratic 69 which leaves him nicely placed on five under as he chases his first win since the 2014 US Open, and he is level with the luckless Gavin Moynihan, who endured a tough break on the par-three 16th.

On the par 3 4th hole, Moynihan hit just about the ideal shot but the ball dented the side of the cup before bouncing away. Had it gone in, he'd driven off in a new BMW i8 Roadster, a plug-in hybrid.

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