Hopps Open de Provence R2

Heisele and Ko break away in France

September 26-29
Golf International de Pont Royal, Mallemort, France
€200,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Sebastian Heisele joined Jeong Weon Ko at the top of the leaderboard to share the lead at the halfway stage at the Hopps Open de Provence at Golf International de Pont Royal.

Open de Provence R2 - Heisele and Ko break away
Sebastian Heisele

The German, who has already gained success on French soil after winning the Open de Bretagne three weeks ago, recorded the lowest round of the day, a seven under par round of 65. While overnight leader Ko shot a round of 70, two under par, as he continued to impress in just his third European Challenge Tour event.

Heisele made the turn at four under par on day two, including three consecutive gains to close out his front nine. The birdies continued on the back nine as he picked up shots at the 12th, 14th and 16th holes to sign for a round of 65 and set the target at ten under par.

Having won his maiden Challenge Tour victory at the start of the month on France’s north west coast, Heisele was delighted to be playing well once again on favoured soil.

“It seems like I’ve got a new love affair with France,” he said. “It was a very pleasing day today. It was very tricky in the wind yesterday, but I took advantage of the greens and lack of wind this morning. It was a good round and I managed to get my game going on the greens, so all in all a good day.


“Going into tomorrow and Sunday we’ll try and keep doing what we’ve done over the last couple of weeks. I’ve learnt a few things from the Open de Bretagne win a few weeks ago. I feel good about myself and we’ll just try and keep it simple out there.

“Coming off a win you are full of confidence. I got a bit undone last time out in Portugal but that’s the way golf goes sometimes, so I’m pleased to be back contending going into the weekend.”

Ko is looking to follow in the footsteps of fellow compatriots Julien Brun and Romain Wattel by winning a Challenge Tour event as an amateur. Brun was the last amateur to achieve the feat when he lifted the ALLIANZ Golf Open Toulouse Metropole in 2012.

The 21-year-old started his second round strongly with a birdie and an eagle in his first five holes and bounced back from a bogey at the 16th – his seventh hole – with a closing birdie on his front nine.

However, Ko dropped two shots in four holes on the back nine but made a confident birdie at his closing hole to join Heisele at the top of the leaderboard at the halfway stage.

“The start of the round was really good,” he said. “I had an eagle on 14 again, so I was really happy, and I was three under at the time.


“But at the beginning of the back nine it got quite bad and I was suddenly questioning my swing. I hung in there and got a clutch birdie on 18 to keep myself positive going into tomorrow.

“I was waiting all nine holes on the back nine for that birdie to come, so when it dropped, I felt really good.

“After my eight under par yesterday I started thinking about a lot of things but right now I’m only thinking about what I can do to play my best tomorrow.”

Two strokes behind Heisele and Ko is Canada’s Aaron Cockerill and Dutchman Lars van Meijel, who recorded rounds of 70 and 65, respectively. A further shot back at seven under par is a group of three players, including Henric Sturehed, Robin Roussel and Nicolai von Dellingshausen.

The third round begins at 8:12am local time with Heisele and Ko teeing off at 12:25pm.  


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Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
HEISELE Sebastian
GER
-10
69
65
134
1
KO (AM) Jeong weon
FRA
-10
64
70
134
3
COCKERILL Aaron
CAN
-8
66
70
136
3
VAN MEIJEL Lars
NED
-8
69
67
136
5
ROUSSEL Robin
FRA
-7
70
67
137
5
STUREHED Henric
SWE
-7
69
68
137
5
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN Nicolai
GER
-7
69
68
137
8
FARR Oliver
WAL
-6
69
69
138
8
JOHANSEN Eirik Tage
NOR
-6
71
67
138
8
KAKKO Roope
FIN
-6
68
70
138
8
LAPORTA Francesco
ITA
-6
67
71
138
8
NEIL Bradley
SCO
-6
69
69
138
8
SIMONSEN Martin
DEN
-6
71
67
138
8
SJÖHOLM Joel
SWE
-6
70
68
138
8
SYME Connor
SCO
-6
67
71
138
16
DEL VAL Samuel
ESP
-5
67
72
139
16
ENOCH Rhys
WAL
-5
71
68
139
16
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ Sebastian
ESP
-5
71
68
139
16
LIMA José-Filipe
POR
-5
69
70
139
16
ROSS Craig
SCO
-5
70
69
139
16
ROZNER Antoine
FRA
-5
71
68
139
22
GROS Sébastien
FRA
-4
71
69
140
22
LARCELET (AM) Charles
FRA
-4
73
67
140
22
TILEY Steven
ENG
-4
70
70
140
25
BALDWIN Matthew
ENG
-3
73
68
141
25
BOOTE David
WAL
-3
69
72
141
25
CANTERO GUTIERREZ Ivan
ESP
-3
73
68
141
25
FENASSE Mathieu
FRA
-3
71
70
141
25
FORET Julien
FRA
-3
73
68
141
25
JENSEN Lasse
DEN
-3
71
70
141
25
PERRIER Damien
FRA
-3
71
70
141
25
PORTEOUS Garrick
ENG
-3
70
71
141
25
SCHNEIDER Marcel
GER
-3
70
71
141
25
SHARVIN Cormac
NIR
-3
72
69
141
25
VAN DRIEL Darius
NED
-3
69
72
141
25
WEBER Lionel
FRA
-3
70
71
141
37
BOURDY Grégory
FRA
-2
74
68
142
37
FORD Charlie
ENG
-2
73
69
142
37
FORD Matt
ENG
-2
70
72
142
37
GEARY Josh
NZL
-2
68
74
142
37
GEYGER Nico
CHI
-2
70
72
142
37
GLENNEMO Jacob
SWE
-2
71
71
142
37
HULDAHL Jeppe Pape
DEN
-2
70
72
142
37
LIPPARELLI Edoardo Raffaele
ITA
-2
69
73
142
37
MARY Dimitri
FRA
-2
72
70
142
37
SAXTON Reinier
NED
-2
71
71
142
37
STOW Ben
ENG
-2
75
67
142
48
BERARDO Clément
FRA
-1
71
72
143
48
BLOMSTRAND Christofer
SWE
-1
74
69
143
48
BORDA David
ESP
-1
75
68
143
48
HAVRET Grégory
FRA
-1
72
71
143
48
HENRY Scott
SCO
-1
70
73
143
48
LANDO CASANOVA Jérôme
FRA
-1
71
72
143
48
MADDY Paul
ENG
-1
71
72
143
48
MCCARTHY Nick
ENG
-1
73
70
143
48
MERONK Adrian
POL
-1
74
69
143
48
MULLER (AM) Nicolas
FRA
-1
72
71
143
48
SENIOR Jack
ENG
-1
74
69
143
48
STEWART Duncan
SCO
-1
70
73
143
48
TARRIO BEN Santiago
ESP
-1
73
70
143
48
VIRTO Borja
ESP
-1
70
73
143
62
ANGLES Pep
ESP
0
68
76
144
62
COHEN-BOYER Louis
FRA
0
77
67
144
62
CUARTERO BLANCO Emilio
ESP
0
71
73
144
62
DE SOUSA Raphaël
SUI
0
70
74
144
62
FERNANDEZ Scott
ESP
0
74
70
144
62
FOOS Dominic
GER
0
72
72
144
62
ITEN Marco
SUI
0
73
71
144
62
JOANNES Hugues
BEL
0
73
71
144
62
KNAPPE Alexander
GER
0
71
73
144
62
QUESNE Julien
FRA
0
72
72
144
62
RIU Victor
FRA
0
73
71
144
62
WHITNELL Dale
ENG
0
75
69
144
74
BEKIRIAN Jean
FRA
1
73
72
145
74
DUBOIS Edouard
FRA
1
74
71
145
74
FERGUSON Ewen
SCO
1
74
71
145
74
GIRRBACH Joel
SUI
1
73
72
145
74
LENGDEN Oscar
SWE
1
73
72
145
74
MEJOW Philipp
GER
1
71
74
145
74
POKE Benjamin
DEN
1
71
74
145
74
SANTOS Ricardo
POR
1
73
72
145
74
TREY (AM) Nathan
FRA
1
73
72
145
83
ARMITAGE Marcus
ENG
2
77
69
146
83
EVANS Ryan
ENG
2
72
74
146
83
HØJGAARD Rasmus
DEN
2
73
73
146
83
JOUVEN Richard
FRA
2
73
73
146
83
LINARD Thomas
FRA
2
76
70
146
83
PIGEM Carlos
ESP
2
71
75
146
83
SCALISE Lorenzo
ITA
2
75
71
146
83
STAL Gary
FRA
2
74
72
146
83
TINNING Nicolai
DEN
2
76
70
146
83
VEYRET Victor
FRA
2
73
73
146
93
ALEXANDRE Lionel
FRA
3
78
69
147
93
BLAND Richard
ENG
3
70
77
147
93
FORSSTRÖM Simon
SWE
3
75
72
147
93
HANSON Chris
ENG
3
75
72
147
93
HUIZING Daan
NED
3
74
73
147
93
MIVIS Christopher
BEL
3
70
77
147
93
MURRAY Tom
ENG
3
75
72
147
100
BRAEUNIG Christian
GER
4
77
71
148
100
BRUN Julien
FRA
4
72
76
148
100
KIM Minkyu
KOR
4
73
75
148
103
COUSSAUD Ugo
FRA
5
75
74
149
103
ESPAÑA Edouard
FRA
5
77
72
149
103
LACROIX Frederic
FRA
5
76
73
149
103
PONCELET Xavier
FRA
5
76
73
149
103
SCIOT-SIEGRIST Robin
FRA
5
75
74
149
108
BALLESTEROS Javier
ESP
6
74
76
150
108
DECOTTIGNIES-LAFON Mathieu
FRA
6
76
74
150
108
STALTER Joël
FRA
6
80
70
150
108
WIEGELE Martin
AUT
6
71
79
150
112
HAASTRUP Mark Flindt
DEN
7
74
77
151
112
LAMPERT Moritz
GER
7
79
72
151
112
SANTOS SILVA Tomas
POR
7
80
71
151
112
SCHWARTZ Antoine
FRA
7
75
76
151
116
MACCARIO Federico
ITA
8
80
72
152
117
ROSAYE Amaury
FRA
9
75
78
153
118
CANTER Laurie
ENG
10
76
78
154
119
AHOKAS Antti
FIN
11
79
76
155
119
BORDONE (AM) Camille
FRA
11
79
76
155
119
DAWSON Robin
IRL
11
81
74
155
122
CATHERINE Edgar
FRA
12
78
78
156
122
THOMSON Jonathan
ENG
12
78
78
156
124
McGOWAN Ross
ENG
13
76
81
157