Julien Guerrier will take a two-shot lead into the weekend after following up his opening 67 with a brilliant 68 on day two of the Cazoo Open.
The Frenchman made five birdies and two bogeys on Friday morning as well as producing some spectacular par saves as the Twenty Ten Course at The Celtic Manor Resort provided a stern test once again.
None of the afternoon starters were able to match Guerrier’s 36-hole total of seven under par at the 2010 Ryder Cup venue, with Callum Shinkwin and American Johannes Veerman his nearest challengers on five under.
Englishman Shinkwin mixed seven birdies with four bogeys in an impressive second-round 68, while Veerman holed his approach shot at the 18th for a closing eagle to secure a 68 of his own.
Jack Senior, Espen Kofstad, Marcus Armitage and Thomas Detry were another shot back on four under.
South Africa’s Darren Fichardt, who ended the first round two shots behind the co-leaders, plummeted to 54th after carding a second-round 77.
The best-placed South African going into the weekend is Haydn Porteous on two under (T11).
– Edited report from DP World Tour website