Amundi Open de France R2

Nicolas Colsaerts soars into contention

October 17-20
Le Golf National, Paris
€1,600,000
Live leaderboard
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Nicolas Colsaerts and George Coetzee lead the way going into the weekend at the Amundi Open de France after a day of testing conditions at Le Golf National.

Open de France R2 - Colsaerts soars into contention
Nicolas Colsaerts. Credit: Getty Images

Belgium’s Colsaerts mastered the cold and windy morning weather to top the leaderboard at nine under par with a round of 66, ignited by five birdies in six holes from the tenth.

“Made a few long putts that kind of gave me momentum into the back nine, which was nice, and then free flowing for the rest. Pretty happy with the way I ended these first two rounds. It’s just like every golf course. If you play the right shots, you can get it close and you can make birdies.

“I think it will depend on the conditions. It’s not a golf course that you can go and get in attack mode 100 per cent of the time. It depends on the tee shots, wind direction and that kind of stuff. You can take a chance and try to take advantage on some of the holes. You have to choose them right I guess.”


He was joined by South African Coetzee, who bounced back from a double bogey on the 16th – his seventh hole – to also record five birdies in six holes after the turn.

“Very happy. The plan was to get a nice, late tee time so I can watch the rugby tomorrow morning. It was a tricky day. I think I got the good side of the draw there because the wind died down on the back nine, and you can see it started getting a little easier and made a couple more birdies.

“I wasn’t too upset with the front nine. I made one bad decision and played the other holes pretty well. It’s always nice to kind of build momentum going into the weekend.”

American Kurt Kitayama is one shot further back on eight under par, one shot clear of Scot Richie Ramsay, who recovered from a double bogey on the first to sign for a round of 69.

“Today was a lot tougher. Especially in the morning. It was really cold, and not really sure how far the ball’s flying.

“Just grinding it out and really fighting for a good round. When it’s playing this tough, and you come out with a couple under, it feels really good. Coming into today, I was definitely thinking it was going to be really tough, but it was a lot of fun.”

Denmark’s JB Hansen is then in fifth place at six under par, with the leading Frenchman Benjamin Hebert, German Major winner Martin Kaymer, Ireland’s Gavin Moynihan and South Africa pair Brandon Stone and Jaco Van Zyl a shot further back.


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19th Hole
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
T1
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-9
67
66
133
T1
George Coetzee
RSA
-9
65
68
133
3
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-8
66
68
134
4
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-7
66
69
135
5
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-6
68
68
136
T6
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-5
66
71
137
T6
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
-5
67
70
137
T6
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
-5
68
69
137
T6
Martin Kaymer
GER
-5
68
69
137
T6
Brandon Stone
RSA
-5
68
69
137

T11
Victor Perez
FRA
-4
67
71
138
T11
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-4
71
67
138
T13
Thomas Detry
BEL
-3
71
68
139
T13
Ryan Fox
NZL
-3
65
74
139
T13
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-3
67
72
139
T13
Lee Slattery
ENG
-3
71
68
139
T13
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
-3
70
69
139
T13
Hudson Swafford
USA
-3
74
65
139
T13
Steven Brown
ENG
-3
71
68
139
T20
Niklas Lemke
SWE
-2
73
67
140
T20
Deyen Lawson
AUS
-2
68
72
140
T20
Hugo Leon
CHI
-2
68
72
140
T20
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-2
69
71
140
T20
Stewart Cink
USA
-2
70
70
140
T25
Jerome Lando-Casanova
FRA
-1
69
72
141
T25
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-1
70
71
141
T25
Renato Paratore
ITA
-1
69
72
141
T25
Romain Langasque
FRA
-1
68
73
141
T25
Gavin Green
MAS
-1
73
68
141
T25
Charlie Saxon
USA
-1
70
71
141
T31
Jake McLeod
AUS
Par
73
69
142
T31
Jeong-Weon Ko
FRA
Par
73
69
142
T31
Jason Scrivener
AUS
Par
69
73
142
T31
David Horsey
ENG
Par
70
72
142
T31
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
Par
69
73
142
T31
Jordan Smith
ENG
Par
68
74
142
T31
Bradley Dredge
WAL
Par
69
73
142
T31
Chris Paisley
ENG
Par
68
74
142
T31
Oliver Fisher
ENG
Par
70
72
142
T31
Charles Larcelet
FRA
Par
71
71
142
T31
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
Par
68
74
142
T31
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
Par
70
72
142
T31
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
Par
70
72
142
T31
Romain Wattel
FRA
Par
72
70
142
T31
Julien Quesne
FRA
Par
70
72
142
T31
Sam Horsfield
ENG
Par
70
72
142
T47
Nicolai Hoejgaard
DEN
1
67
76
143
T47
Ashley Chesters
ENG
1
70
73
143
T47
Thomas Pieters
BEL
1
74
69
143
T47
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
1
72
71
143
T47
Marc Warren
SCO
1
71
72
143
T47
David Lipsky
USA
1
71
72
143
T47
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
1
74
69
143
T47
Trevor Immelman
RSA
1
73
70
143
T47
Darren Fichardt
RSA
1
67
76
143
T56
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
2
70
74
144
T56
Frederic Lacroix
FRA
2
72
72
144
T56
Justin Walters
RSA
2
67
77
144
T56
James Morrison
ENG
2
71
73
144
T56
Richard McEvoy
ENG
2
69
75
144
T56
Ashun Wu
CHI
2
70
74
144
T56
Lucas Herbert
AUS
2
71
73
144
T56
Max Schmitt
GER
2
72
72
144
T56
Ben Evans
ENG
2
71
73
144
T56
Alexander Noren
SWE
2
72
72
144
T56
Liam Johnston
SCO
2
68
76
144
T56
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
2
76
68
144
T68
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
3
69
76
145
T68
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
3
72
73
145
T68
Haydn Porteous
RSA
3
72
73
145
T68
Joost Luiten
NED
3
69
76
145
T68
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
3
71
74
145
T68
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
3
73
72
145
T68
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
3
75
70
145
T68
Adrien Saddier
SCO
3
73
72
145
T68
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
3
71
74
145
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
4
69
77
146
CUT
Clement Sordet
FRA
4
72
74
146
CUT
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
4
70
76
146
CUT
Nacho Elvira
ESP
4
75
71
146
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
4
72
74
146
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
4
73
73
146
CUT
Joel Stalter
FRA
4
72
74
146
CUT
Matthias Schwab
AUT
4
68
78
146
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
4
73
73
146
CUT
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
4
76
70
146
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
5
72
75
147
CUT
Chris Wood
ENG
5
73
74
147
CUT
Cyril Bouniol
FRA
5
72
75
147
CUT
David Howell
ENG
5
74
73
147
CUT
David Law
SCO
5
71
76
147
CUT
Nick Cullen
AUS
5
72
75
147
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
6
73
75
148
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
6
70
78
148
CUT
Espen Kofstad
NOR
6
71
77
148
CUT
Louis De Jager
RSA
6
74
74
148
CUT
Oliver Wilson
ENG
6
72
76
148
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
6
77
71
148
CUT
Scott Jamieson
SCO
6
74
74
148
CUT
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
7
76
73
149
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
7
74
75
149
CUT
Stuart Manley
WAL
7
76
73
149
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
8
74
76
150
CUT
Ross Fisher
ENG
8
76
74
150
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
9
76
75
151
CUT
Per Laengfors
SWE
9
78
73
151
CUT
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
9
76
75
151
CUT
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
10
75
77
152
CUT
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
10
75
77
152
CUT
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
11
75
78
153
CUT
Anton Karlsson
SWE
12
77
77
154
CUT
David Ravetto
FRA
12
76
78
154
CUT
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
12
78
76
154
CUT
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
12
77
77
154
CUT
Robert Karlsson
SWE
15
76
81
157
DSQ
Daniel Gavins
ENG
Par
73
73
DSQ
Marcel Siem
GER
Par
0
DSQ
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
Par
70
70
RET
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
Par
75
75
RET
Julian Suri
USA
Par
71
71