European Tour

HNA Open de France 2018

June 28 - July 01

Le Golf National, Saint-Quentin-en Yvelines

$7,000,000

June 28 - July 01

Le Golf National, Saint-Quentin-en Yvelines

$7,000,000

Round 2

Impressive Kinhult storms clear

June 29, 2018

Sweden’s Marcus Kinhult produced a stunning second round 65 to move clear of Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas – two of the world’s top five players – and Ryder Cup player Chris Wood at the halfway mark of HNA Open de France, the third Rolex Series event on the European Tour in 2018.

Impressive Kinhult storms clear in France, © Getty Images

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Kinhult reached the turn at Le Golf National in just 30 shots to surge up the star-studded leaderboard, then mixed two birdies and two bogeys on the back nine to set the pace on six under par.

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

“I think it gets firmer throughout the day as well. So just hitting the fairways is a lot more tough. And on the back nine especially, it's a cross wind on every tee shot. So it's very important to get the right shape to be able to hit fairways.

Remarkably, the 21 year old heads into the weekend two shots clear of Englishman Wood despite opening his debut in the HNA Open de France with four consecutive bogeys on Thursday. Since then, he has posted 11 birdies, as well as an eagle three on the third hole of his second round, as he chases a first European Tour victory.

Wood is Kinhult’s nearest challenger after he birdied the last hole for a round of 68 to move to four under par, swapping places with Welshman Bradley Dredge, who dropped consecutive shots on the 17th and 18th holes in a round of 72 to slip back to three under par.

“You're going to have to grind over the week. I think I heard Matt Fitzpatrick say this morning there's not any hole where you feel like you get a stretch of where you can relax, but feel like there's a few chances," said Wood.

“Every shot you have to be on it. It's brilliant, though. It's a great test. I've always loved the golf course, but never really been able to produce a score. So it's nice to put a score in today, three-under is pretty good out there."

“It's been pretty hard for a while now, but just got to keep going, just never give up really. Just keep working and eventually you'll see a glimmer of light.”

American Thomas and Spaniard Rahm, ranked second and fifth in the world respectively, both had double bogeys on their second round scorecards, but both remain well placed to mount a weekend challenge at the venue where they will be hoping to make their Ryder Cup debuts in September.

Rahm sits in a share of third position with Dredge after a round of 69, which included an eagle on the third hole and a six on the par four 15th, while Thomas reached four under par after his third birdie of the day on the 15th, but gave two shots back on the 17th to finish the day on two under and in a share of fifth position after signing for a 70.

“The course was probably three shots easier than yesterday I would say. Played early in the morning when the greens were perfect, so shot one shot better. Actually played a lot worse and I was able to scramble a couple of holes. Probably about as low of round as I could have done today, " said Rahm.

“Two of my poorest shots of the two days so far, ten and 15. Misjudged the wind both days, and today it was your poor decision. A little miss communication between me and Adam as well but that's what happens out here."

“I'm not the only one hitting balls in the water and I'm not the only one having bad luck on a couple of holes. It all balances out at the end. I also made a great putt on 11 starting out the day. That eagle on three at the beginning of the day, you can always look at some good breaks to balance it out.”

France’s Gregory Havret posted the same round score and total and he will lead the home challenge over the final two rounds as one of only 15 players currently under par for the tournament.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-6
71
65
136
2
Chris Wood
ENG
-4
70
68
138
T3
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-3
67
72
139
T3
Jon Rahm
ESP
-3
70
69
139
T5
Gregory Havret
FRA
-2
70
70
140
T5
Julian Suri
USA
-2
70
70
140
T5
Justin Thomas
USA
-2
70
70
140
T5
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-2
71
69
140
T9
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-1
74
67
141
T9
Jordan Smith
ENG
-1
71
70
141
T9
Mikko Ilonen
FIN
-1
72
69
141
T9
Paul Dunne
IRL
-1
74
67
141
T9
Pedro Oriol
ESP
-1
71
70
141
T9
Russell Knox
SCO
-1
71
70
141
T9
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-1
74
67
141
T16
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
Par
73
69
142
T16
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
Par
71
71
142
T16
Nacho Elvira
ESP
Par
74
68
142
T16
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
Par
76
66
142
T16
Sergio Garcia
ESP
Par
72
70
142
T16
Thomas Pieters
BEL
Par
69
73
142
T22
Andy Sullivan
ENG
1
68
75
143
T22
Austin Connelly
CAN
1
72
71
143
T22
Dean Burmester
RSA
1
69
74
143
T22
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
1
74
69
143
T22
Henric Sturehed
SWE
1
75
68
143
T22
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
1
75
68
143
T22
Ryan Fox
NZL
1
72
71
143
T22
Thomas Detry
BEL
1
74
69
143
T30
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
2
74
70
144
T30
George Coetzee
RSA
2
74
70
144
T30
Haotong Li
CHN
2
71
73
144
T30
James Morrison
ENG
2
70
74
144
T30
Jorge Campillo
ESP
2
73
71
144
T30
Matthew Southgate
ENG
2
71
73
144
T30
Nino Bertasio
ITA
2
76
68
144
T30
Richard Bland
ENG
2
72
72
144
T30
Scott Hend
AUS
2
75
69
144
T30
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
2
72
72
144
T30
Wade Ormsby
AUS
2
73
71
144
T41
Alexander Noren
SWE
3
73
72
145
T41
Ashley Chesters
ENG
3
73
72
145
T41
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
3
71
74
145
T41
Graeme McDowell
NIR
3
68
77
145
T41
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
3
76
69
145
T41
Jeff Winther
SWE
3
77
68
145
T41
Jens Dantorp
SWE
3
74
71
145
T41
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
3
71
74
145
T41
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
3
71
74
145
T41
Sam Brazel
AUS
3
73
72
145
T41
Shane Lowry
IRL
3
70
75
145
T41
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
3
76
69
145
T41
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
3
74
71
145
T41
Steven Brown
ENG
3
77
68
145
T55
Alexander Levy
FRA
4
73
73
146
T55
Andrea Pavan
ITA
4
72
74
146
T55
Brett Rumford
AUS
4
71
75
146
T55
David Horsey
ENG
4
75
71
146
T55
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
4
71
75
146
T55
Ian Poulter
ENG
4
72
74
146
T55
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
4
71
75
146
T55
Josh Geary
NZL
4
73
73
146
T55
Matthias Schwab
AUT
4
74
72
146
T55
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
4
77
69
146
T55
Richard Sterne
RSA
4
74
72
146
CUT
David Lipsky
USA
5
77
70
147
CUT
Jason Norris
AUS
5
77
70
147
CUT
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
5
73
74
147
CUT
Renato Paratore
ITA
5
77
70
147
CUT
Seung-Su Han
KOR
5
70
77
147
CUT
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
5
74
73
147
CUT
Charlie Ford
ENG
6
72
76
148
CUT
Chris Paisley
ENG
6
77
71
148
CUT
Danny Willett
ENG
6
73
75
148
CUT
Lee Slattery
ENG
6
72
76
148
CUT
Marcus Fraser
AUS
6
73
75
148
CUT
Mark Foster
ENG
6
74
74
148
CUT
Matt Wallace
ENG
6
74
74
148
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
6
75
73
148
CUT
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
6
76
72
148
CUT
Matthew Nixon
ENG
6
74
74
148
CUT
Oliver Fisher
ENG
6
72
76
148
CUT
Richie Ramsay
SCO
6
73
75
148
CUT
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
6
76
72
148
CUT
Brandon Stone
RSA
7
74
75
149
CUT
Chris Hanson
ENG
7
79
70
149
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
7
72
77
149
CUT
Lasse Jensen
DNK
7
77
72
149
CUT
Laurie Canter
ENG
7
75
74
149
CUT
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
7
73
76
149
CUT
Robert Karlsson
SWE
7
69
80
149
CUT
Romain Langasque
FRA
7
76
73
149
CUT
Sam Horsfield
ENG
7
78
71
149
CUT
Scott Jamieson
SCO
7
74
75
149
CUT
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
7
75
74
149
CUT
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
7
72
77
149
CUT
Connor Syme
SCO
8
75
75
150
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
8
73
77
150
CUT
Nico Geyger
CHI
8
77
73
150
CUT
Peter Hanson
SWE
8
75
75
150
CUT
Robert Rock
ENG
8
77
73
150
CUT
Zander Lombard
RSA
8
77
73
150
CUT
Ashun Wu
CHI
9
79
72
151
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
9
77
74
151
CUT
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
9
80
71
151
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
9
76
75
151
CUT
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
9
81
70
151
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
9
76
75
151
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
9
77
74
151
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
9
75
76
151
CUT
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
9
72
79
151
CUT
Oliver Farr
WAL
9
79
72
151
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
9
76
75
151
CUT
Ross Fisher
ENG
9
79
72
151
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
10
80
72
152
CUT
Adrien Saddier
SCO
10
74
78
152
CUT
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
10
77
75
152
CUT
Jason Scrivener
AUS
10
80
72
152
CUT
Julien Quesne
FRA
10
75
77
152
CUT
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
10
75
77
152
CUT
Paul Waring
ENG
10
80
72
152
CUT
Trevor Immelman
RSA
10
76
76
152
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
10
75
77
152
CUT
Andres Romero
ARG
11
73
80
153
CUT
Darren Fichardt
RSA
11
76
77
153
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
11
74
79
153
CUT
Gavin Green
MAS
11
76
77
153
CUT
Julien Guerrier
FRA
11
81
72
153
CUT
Martin Kaymer
GER
11
77
76
153
CUT
Ryan Evans
ENG
11
80
73
153
CUT
Scott Fernandez
ESP
11
79
74
153
CUT
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
12
80
74
154
CUT
Haydn Porteous
RSA
12
81
73
154
CUT
Sebastien Gros
FRA
12
73
81
154
CUT
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
13
79
76
155
CUT
David Howell
ENG
13
74
81
155
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
13
79
76
155
CUT
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
13
79
76
155
CUT
Clement Sordet
FRA
14
78
78
156
CUT
Rak Cho
KOR
14
78
78
156
CUT
Victor Perez
FRA
15
77
80
157
CUT
Bradley Neil
SCO
16
79
79
158
CUT
Carlos Pigem
ESP
16
80
78
158
CUT
Daniel Im
USA
16
76
82
158
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
16
85
73
158
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
16
82
76
158
CUT
Thomas Aiken
RSA
16
80
78
158
CUT
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
16
81
77
158
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
17
79
80
159
CUT
Daniel Brooks
ENG
18
79
81
160
CUT
Adam Bland
AUS
19
84
77
161
CUT
Chase Koepka
USA
19
81
80
161
CUT
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
FRA
20
83
79
162
CUT
Andrew Dodt
AUS
23
81
84
165
CUT
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
27
85
84
169
DSQ
Marc Warren
SCO
Par
79
-
79
RET
Andrew Johnston
ENG
Par
82
-
82
RET
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
Par
81
-
81
RET
Lee Westwood
ENG
Par
77
-
77
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
Total
1
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-6
136
2
Chris Wood
ENG
-4
138
T3
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-3
139
T3
Jon Rahm
ESP
-3
139
T5
Gregory Havret
FRA
-2
140
T5
Julian Suri
USA
-2
140
T5
Justin Thomas
USA
-2
140
T5
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-2
140
T9
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-1
141
T9
Jordan Smith
ENG
-1
141
T9
Mikko Ilonen
FIN
-1
141
T9
Paul Dunne
IRL
-1
141
T9
Pedro Oriol
ESP
-1
141
T9
Russell Knox
SCO
-1
141
T9
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-1
141
T16
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
Par
142
T16
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
Par
142
T16
Nacho Elvira
ESP
Par
142
T16
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
Par
142
T16
Sergio Garcia
ESP
Par
142
T16
Thomas Pieters
BEL
Par
142
T22
Andy Sullivan
ENG
1
143
T22
Austin Connelly
CAN
1
143
T22
Dean Burmester
RSA
1
143
T22
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
1
143
T22
Henric Sturehed
SWE
1
143
T22
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
1
143
T22
Ryan Fox
NZL
1
143
T22
Thomas Detry
BEL
1
143
T30
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
2
144
T30
George Coetzee
RSA
2
144
T30
Haotong Li
CHN
2
144
T30
James Morrison
ENG
2
144
T30
Jorge Campillo
ESP
2
144
T30
Matthew Southgate
ENG
2
144
T30
Nino Bertasio
ITA
2
144
T30
Richard Bland
ENG
2
144
T30
Scott Hend
AUS
2
144
T30
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
2
144
T30
Wade Ormsby
AUS
2
144
T41
Alexander Noren
SWE
3
145
T41
Ashley Chesters
ENG
3
145
T41
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
3
145
T41
Graeme McDowell
NIR
3
145
T41
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
3
145
T41
Jeff Winther
SWE
3
145
T41
Jens Dantorp
SWE
3
145
T41
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
3
145
T41
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
3
145
T41
Sam Brazel
AUS
3
145
T41
Shane Lowry
IRL
3
145
T41
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
3
145
T41
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
3
145
T41
Steven Brown
ENG
3
145
T55
Alexander Levy
FRA
4
146
T55
Andrea Pavan
ITA
4
146
T55
Brett Rumford
AUS
4
146
T55
David Horsey
ENG
4
146
T55
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
4
146
T55
Ian Poulter
ENG
4
146
T55
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
4
146
T55
Josh Geary
NZL
4
146
T55
Matthias Schwab
AUT
4
146
T55
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
4
146
T55
Richard Sterne
RSA
4
146
CUT
David Lipsky
USA
5
147
CUT
Jason Norris
AUS
5
147
CUT
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
5
147
CUT
Renato Paratore
ITA
5
147
CUT
Seung-Su Han
KOR
5
147
CUT
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
5
147
CUT
Charlie Ford
ENG
6
148
CUT
Chris Paisley
ENG
6
148
CUT
Danny Willett
ENG
6
148
CUT
Lee Slattery
ENG
6
148
CUT
Marcus Fraser
AUS
6
148
CUT
Mark Foster
ENG
6
148
CUT
Matt Wallace
ENG
6
148
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
6
148
CUT
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
6
148
CUT
Matthew Nixon
ENG
6
148
CUT
Oliver Fisher
ENG
6
148
CUT
Richie Ramsay
SCO
6
148
CUT
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
6
148
CUT
Brandon Stone
RSA
7
149
CUT
Chris Hanson
ENG
7
149
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
7
149
CUT
Lasse Jensen
DNK
7
149
CUT
Laurie Canter
ENG
7
149
CUT
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
7
149
CUT
Robert Karlsson
SWE
7
149
CUT
Romain Langasque
FRA
7
149
CUT
Sam Horsfield
ENG
7
149
CUT
Scott Jamieson
SCO
7
149
CUT
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
7
149
CUT
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
7
149
CUT
Connor Syme
SCO
8
150
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
8
150
CUT
Nico Geyger
CHI
8
150
CUT
Peter Hanson
SWE
8
150
CUT
Robert Rock
ENG
8
150
CUT
Zander Lombard
RSA
8
150
CUT
Ashun Wu
CHI
9
151
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
9
151
CUT
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
9
151
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
9
151
CUT
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
9
151
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
9
151
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
9
151
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
9
151
CUT
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
9
151
CUT
Oliver Farr
WAL
9
151
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
9
151
CUT
Ross Fisher
ENG
9
151
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
10
152
CUT
Adrien Saddier
SCO
10
152
CUT
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
10
152
CUT
Jason Scrivener
AUS
10
152
CUT
Julien Quesne
FRA
10
152
CUT
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
10
152
CUT
Paul Waring
ENG
10
152
CUT
Trevor Immelman
RSA
10
152
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
10
152
CUT
Andres Romero
ARG
11
153
CUT
Darren Fichardt
RSA
11
153
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
11
153
CUT
Gavin Green
MAS
11
153
CUT
Julien Guerrier
FRA
11
153
CUT
Martin Kaymer
GER
11
153
CUT
Ryan Evans
ENG
11
153
CUT
Scott Fernandez
ESP
11
153
CUT
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
12
154
CUT
Haydn Porteous
RSA
12
154
CUT
Sebastien Gros
FRA
12
154
CUT
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
13
155
CUT
David Howell
ENG
13
155
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
13
155
CUT
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
13
155
CUT
Clement Sordet
FRA
14
156
CUT
Rak Cho
KOR
14
156
CUT
Victor Perez
FRA
15
157
CUT
Bradley Neil
SCO
16
158
CUT
Carlos Pigem
ESP
16
158
CUT
Daniel Im
USA
16
158
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
16
158
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
16
158
CUT
Thomas Aiken
RSA
16
158
CUT
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
16
158
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
17
159
CUT
Daniel Brooks
ENG
18
160
CUT
Adam Bland
AUS
19
161
CUT
Chase Koepka
USA
19
161
CUT
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
FRA
20
162
CUT
Andrew Dodt
AUS
23
165
CUT
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
27
169
DSQ
Marc Warren
SCO
Par
79
RET
Andrew Johnston
ENG
Par
82
RET
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
Par
81
RET
Lee Westwood
ENG
Par
77