Open de Bretagne R2

Geary takes halfway lead in Brittany

September 05-08
Golf Bluegreen de Pléneuf Val André, Pléneuf, France
€200,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Josh Geary will take a one-stroke lead into the weekend at the Open de Bretagne after posting a bogey-free three under par 67 on another day of tough scoring conditions at Golf Blue Green de Pléneuf Val-André.

Open de Bretagne R2 - Geary takes halfway lead in Brittany
Credit: European Tour

The New Zealander, who tops the leaderboard at five under par, recorded his second consecutive blemish-free round at the challenging coastal venue, with Sweden’s Niclas Johansson holding sole second place at four under par.

Runner-up at the D+D REAL Slovakia Challenge in July, Geary got off to a flying start with an eagle on his second hole, the 11th, which he quickly followed up with a birdie on the short 118-yard par three 15th.

Playing alongside Johansson and England’s Matt Ford, who matched the low round of the day, a six under par 64, Geary followed up his fast start with 12 consecutive pars to ensure he is the man to catch with two rounds remaining.

The 34-year-old is eying an immediate return to the European Tour and at 39th in the Road to Mallorca Rankings knows a victory would go a long way to helping him secure one of the fifteen available European Tour cards available at the end of the European Challenge Tour season.


“I need one or two really good weeks,” he said. “A win would really help me out in the rankings, so I’ve got to go out there and do what I can to make that happen.

“There’s a lot of trouble out there, almost every hole has got something going on, so you’ve just got to think your way around.

“I’ve just been patient and trying to swing it smart. My ball striking hasn’t been great, so I’ve just been going for the fat side of the greens and trying to play smart and be defensive, which is paying off around this golf course, especially where the pins are tucked away.”

Geary and Johansson, who will again be paired together on Saturday, will start day three ahead of a significant chasing pack at three under par, which includes Italian Challenge Open Eneos Motor Oil champion Matthew Jordan, local hopefuls Frederic Lacroix and Damien Perrier, Switzerland’s Raphaël de Sousa, Santiago Tarrio Ben of Spain and Austrian Martin Wiegele.

Englishman Richard Mansell and Germany’s Sebastian Heisele will also start the weekend just two shots off the pace after spectacular second rounds of 64, six under par. Meanwhile, overnight leader Robert Dinwiddie signed for a disappointing two over par 72 to drop back to sit three strokes off Geary at two under par.

With a strong wind blowing across the firm and fast seaside layout the cut line fell at three over par, with 66 players making it into the weekend.

The third round will begin at 8:30am local time, with Geary and Johansson teeing off in the final game at 1:28pm.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
GEARY Josh
NZL
-5
68
67
135
2
JOHANSSON Niclas
SWE
-4
68
68
136
3
DE SOUSA Raphaël
SUI
-3
70
67
137
3
HEISELE Sebastian
GER
-3
73
64
137
3
JORDAN Matthew
ENG
-3
72
65
137
3
LACROIX Frederic
FRA
-3
68
69
137
3
MANSELL Richard
ENG
-3
73
64
137
3
PERRIER Damien
FRA
-3
69
68
137
3
TARRIO BEN Santiago
ESP
-3
70
67
137
3
WIEGELE Martin
AUT
-3
70
67
137
11
DINWIDDIE Robert
ENG
-2
66
72
138
11
HENRY Scott
SCO
-2
69
69
138
11
KIM Minkyu
KOR
-2
69
69
138
11
SCHWARTZ Antoine
FRA
-2
72
66
138
15
ARMITAGE Marcus
ENG
-1
69
70
139
15
HAFTHORSSON Birgir
ISL
-1
67
72
139
15
HIGGO Garrick
RSA
-1
71
68
139
15
KRISTJANSSON Gudmundur
ISL
-1
67
72
139
15
PIGEM Carlos
ESP
-1
73
66
139
15
ROZNER Antoine
FRA
-1
70
69
139
15
SCIOT-SIEGRIST Robin
FRA
-1
71
68
139
15
WHITNELL Dale
ENG
-1
68
71
139
15
WRISDALE Jordan
ENG
-1
72
67
139
24
CARLSSON Johan
SWE
0
72
68
140
24
EVANS Ryan
ENG
0
71
69
140
24
FORD Matt
ENG
0
76
64
140
24
HUIZING Daan
NED
0
74
66
140
24
KO (AM) Jeong weon
FRA
0
74
66
140
24
LIMA José-Filipe
POR
0
69
71
140
24
MAZZOLI Stefano
ITA
0
73
67
140
24
MIVIS Christopher
BEL
0
72
68
140
24
NILEHN Fredrik
SWE
0
69
71
140
24
TADINI Alessandro
ITA
0
71
69
140
24
THOMSON Jonathan
ENG
0
73
67
140
35
BOOTE David
WAL
1
70
71
141
35
BOURDY Grégory
FRA
1
71
70
141
35
CARON Rowin
NED
1
75
66
141
35
ECCLES Ben
AUS
1
71
70
141
35
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ Sebastian
ESP
1
74
67
141
35
GRANT Stephen
IRL
1
72
69
141
35
HELLIGKILDE Marcus
DEN
1
68
73
141
35
ITEN Marco
SUI
1
76
65
141
35
KAKKO Roope
FIN
1
71
70
141
35
LAMPERT Moritz
GER
1
73
68
141
35
SCHNEIDER Marcel
GER
1
76
65
141
35
TREE Toby
ENG
1
70
71
141
47
ADARRAGA GOMEZ Jose Luis
ESP
2
71
71
142
47
AGUILAR Felipe
CHI
2
74
68
142
47
HAASTRUP Mark Flindt
DEN
2
72
70
142
47
JOUVEN Richard
FRA
2
76
66
142
47
LINARD Thomas
FRA
2
72
70
142
47
LLOYD Chris
ENG
2
73
69
142
47
MCBRIDE Paul
IRL
2
72
70
142
47
ROSS Craig
SCO
2
71
71
142
47
STUREHED Henric
SWE
2
69
73
142
47
VAN DRIEL Darius
NED
2
71
71
142
57
COCKERILL Aaron
CAN
3
70
73
143
57
DE POYEN Julien
FRA
3
71
72
143
57
DUBOIS Edouard
FRA
3
74
69
143
57
LENGDEN Oscar
SWE
3
73
70
143
57
LINDELL Oliver
FIN
3
72
71
143
57
MAHEUT Nicolas
FRA
3
76
67
143
57
ROUSSEL Robin
FRA
3
74
69
143
57
RUTH James
ENG
3
74
69
143
57
STALTER Joël
FRA
3
70
73
143
57
YOUNG Mark
ENG
3
73
70
143
67
BRUN Julien
FRA
4
72
72
144
67
COHEN-BOYER Louis
FRA
4
74
70
144
67
KING Gary
ENG
4
71
73
144
67
MATUS Stanislav
CZE
4
76
68
144
67
SAINZ Javier
ESP
4
73
71
144
72
BEKIRIAN Jean
FRA
5
80
65
145
72
BERARDO Clément
FRA
5
72
73
145
72
GANE Chris
ENG
5
73
72
145
72
HULDAHL Jeppe Pape
DEN
5
74
71
145
72
LERAY (AM) Alexis
FRA
5
75
70
145
72
QUESNE Julien
FRA
5
76
69
145
72
RIU Victor
FRA
5
72
73
145
72
SUCHAN Daniel
CZE
5
75
70
145
80
CASEY Harry
ENG
6
77
69
146
80
DAWSON Robin
IRL
6
74
72
146
80
FERNANDEZ Scott
ESP
6
74
72
146
80
FORD Charlie
ENG
6
72
74
146
80
GAUTIER Stanislas
FRA
6
74
72
146
80
HESBOIS Kevin
BEL
6
72
74
146
80
LESPINASSE Leo
FRA
6
76
70
146
80
MADDY Paul
ENG
6
72
74
146
80
SCALISE Lorenzo
ITA
6
75
71
146
80
VEYRET Victor
FRA
6
75
71
146
90
BERNADET Adrien
FRA
7
77
70
147
90
BIHAN Alan
FRA
7
71
76
147
90
CARLSSON Magnus A
SWE
7
75
72
147
90
DECOTTIGNIES-LAFON Mathieu
FRA
7
77
70
147
90
GRADECKI Mateusz
POL
7
74
73
147
90
GROS Sébastien
FRA
7
81
66
147
90
HURLEY Gary
IRL
7
76
71
147
90
JOFFRAY (AM) Victor
FRA
7
69
78
147
90
LARCELET (AM) Charles
FRA
7
74
73
147
90
SARACINO Andrea
ITA
7
75
72
147
90
STAL Gary
FRA
7
75
72
147
90
TILEY Steven
ENG
7
74
73
147
102
BEKKER Oliver
RSA
8
77
71
148
102
KUNZENBACHER Julian
GER
8
72
76
148
102
PORTEOUS Garrick
ENG
8
75
73
148
102
SPOONER Billy
ENG
8
73
75
148
106
CEA Michele
ITA
9
72
77
149
106
COUPLAND Dave
ENG
9
72
77
149
106
FENASSE Mathieu
FRA
9
75
74
149
106
GEYGER Nico
CHI
9
77
72
149
106
SIMONSEN Martin
DEN
9
74
75
149
106
WIDEMANN Alexandre
FRA
9
75
74
149
112
BALDWIN Matthew
ENG
10
75
75
150
112
BEM Léonard
FRA
10
78
72
150
112
COUPADE Jules
FRA
10
73
77
150
112
EASTON Bryce
RSA
10
75
75
150
112
HAVRET Grégory
FRA
10
81
69
150
112
HILL Calum
SCO
10
74
76
150
112
LANDO CASANOVA Jérôme
FRA
10
79
71
150
112
MAYE Clifford
FRA
10
73
77
150
112
MEJOW Philipp
GER
10
77
73
150
112
NEIL Bradley
SCO
10
79
71
150
112
RADUREAU Maxime
FRA
10
75
75
150
112
ROBB Chris
SCO
10
74
76
150
112
SENIOR Jack
ENG
10
77
73
150
112
VECCHI FOSSA Jacopo
ITA
10
72
78
150
112
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN Nicolai
GER
10
75
75
150
127
BRAEUNIG Christian
GER
11
78
73
151
127
COUSSAUD Ugo
FRA
11
83
68
151
127
HOWIE Craig
SCO
11
77
74
151
127
JOYAU Pierre
FRA
11
77
74
151
127
KÖLBING Jonas
GER
11
77
74
151
127
TISSERAND Hubert
FRA
11
78
73
151
133
DAUX Franck
FRA
12
74
78
152
133
MOHR Marcus
ENG
12
78
74
152
133
SJÖHOLM Joel
SWE
12
74
78
152
136
BESSELING Wil
NED
13
77
76
153
136
GAL Petr
CZE
13
79
74
153
136
HØJGAARD Rasmus
DEN
13
75
78
153
136
LAPORTA Francesco
ITA
13
80
73
153
136
LE BOT (AM) Raphael
FRA
13
82
71
153
136
LESCASTREYRES Patryk
FRA
13
78
75
153
136
McGOWAN Ross
ENG
13
77
76
153
136
VELASCO Alvaro
ESP
13
77
76
153
144
AHOKAS Antti
FIN
14
79
75
154
144
BAEK Peter Launer
DEN
14
84
70
154
144
DEAN Joe
ENG
14
77
77
154
147
CATURLA Stanislas
FRA
15
77
78
155
147
ESPAÑA Edouard
FRA
15
78
77
155
147
RION Matthew
FRA
15
80
75
155
150
JOANNES Hugues
BEL
17
82
75
157
151
BEAUVY (AM) Paul
FRA
19
83
76
159
152
PIEDELIEVRE Paul
FRA
23
83
80
163
153
ERIKSSON Martin
SWE
24
82
82
164