Sharvin and McElroy in the hunt at Open de Bretagne

Mark McGowan

Cormac Sharvin (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Cormac Sharvin and Dermot McElroy are tied for 13th at -3 after two days at the Challenge Tour’s Open de Bretagne at Golf Blue Green de Pléneuf Val André in Brittany, in northwestern France.

After sever fog played havoc with Thursday’s scheduled opening round, Sharvin had to wait until early Friday morning to get his tournament underway.

And he’d make the most of the pristine early scoring conditions with two birdies on the front and four more on the back to post a bogey-free, six-under 64 that would see him in solo second position as round one drew to a close.


After a quick recess, he was back out for round two, but would find the going tougher and would make just one birdie which would come at the eighth – his 17th – with bogeys at 17 and six and a double bogey at the second, and he’d sign off for the day at -3, but still well within touch of the leaders.

He’d be joined late in the day by Dermot McElroy after the Ballymena man covered 12 holes of his second round in two-under before darkness called a halt to proceedings.

Three birdies and a bogey on the opening seven holes saw McElroy join the growing group at -3, and he’d make five successive pars to leave himself in a great position and will have the benefit of softer early morning conditions as he looks to move onto the first page of the leaderboard.

Jonathan Caldwell missed the cut after rounds of 76 and 74, while Ruaidhri McGee withdrew after a difficult opening round, but Niall Kearney is still in with a chance as he lies tied for 66th, one shot below the cutline, with six holes to play. Jack Madden, making his debut start as a professional, looks set to miss out unless he can pick up four strokes in his final five holes.

Félix Mory will take a one-shot lead into the weekend after the Frenchman, who had 12 holes of his first round to finish at the start of day, completed his opening 18 holes in style, carding six birdies in a row for a seven under par 63.

Mory showed no signs of fatigue on the front nine of his second round, carding nine pars from the tenth, his first hole. A stumble came early into his back nine with a double-bogey at the second and a further dropped shot came at the sixth. However, he bounced back finishing birdie-par-birdie for a round of 71 to lead at six under par.

Fellow countryman Tom Vaillant and England’s Lee Slattery, who recorded a five under par 65 for his lowest round of the season, sit a shot behind at five under par. Meanwhile, Matt Ford, Stuart Manley and Jarand Ekeland Arnoy are yet to complete their second rounds but currently share second place with Vaillant and Slattery.

Players who have not finished their second round will begin at 7:50am local time, with the third round not due to start before 12:30pm.


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