Germany’s Hurley Long is alone in the lead in the bell tower. Jacqueline and Bronn in the top 15

The 223rd player in the world, Hurly Long (photo) leads the British Masters halfway through with a very strong 68 (-4). At -9 (135), the German is a very small point ahead of seasoned Ritchie Ramsey, Thorburn Olsen and Marcus Kinholt. Of the thirteen French players who signed up on Thursday morning, nine crossed the cut. Raphael Jacqueline and Julien Braun finished 14th with a time of -4 (140).

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Spread the word! Despite his very limited experience in DP World Tour (27 starts this week at the highest European level), long hurley27, has already distinguished himself on several occasions in 2022, for example occupying third place in the Ras Al Khaimah Classic On February 13, then he ranked second in Kenya Magical Open The following March 6 with a total score of -12, four lengths behind the winner, the Chinese Ashun Wu.

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German, 17 in The road to Mallorca 2021 and in possession of a Class 14, he fell into an unusual lap on Friday in Belfry. Starting at 10, he lined up nine straight classes and then hit five birds on the first six holes of a comeback, before hanging on to one last hurdle, averaging 4 out of 9.

However, his score of 135 (-9) does not allow him to escape halfway, and he only had a head start with three previous European Tour winners, the Scotsman. Richie RamsayDanish Thorbjorn Olesenco-leader the day before, and the Swede Marcus Kinholt. Upon arrival, thirteen players stand at only four points. Including the winner of Masters 2016 And the host of this 2022 edition, Danny Willett. The Englishman is sixth at -6 after posting today’s card: 65!

Right behind us, in 14th place at -4 (140), we find Raphael Jacqueline And Julian Brown. Lyon, who plays his 666th on the European Tour, was content with a 71 (-1) but soon-to-be 48-year-old (this Sunday), he once again showed all his mastery on a challenging track. All that the 1526 current player in the world appreciates.

By signing for a good 69 (-3), Julian Braun continues his fourth straight cut. In eleven starts from then Joburg is open At the end of November, the Prague-based Antibois only missed two weekends and finished four times in 15th place. Not bad for a full first season on the Tour!

Russell and Staller are finally breathing…

In contrast to the pace agreed upon by the diligent studentOlivier LeglessAnd Robin Russell He surpassed only his second cut in eight attempts in 2022. Two cards of 71 open the doors to the top 30 (27 – 2). This may be the long-awaited click for the 1128 player in the world who owns the 16c class.

We find behind (37 by -1) several tricolors in Vengeance mode. It is for Joel Stalterthe first cut of the year in seven beginnings, or for Frederic Lacroix, who had not spent the weekend on the DP World Tour since taking 51st place in Kenya in early March. Very nice reaction too Roman Langaskauthor of a great book 67 (-5) but the date of the last verified cut dates back to Qatar Masters (21). La Croix and Langasque will also play together on this moving day from 9:30 a.m. local time (10:30 a.m. in France).

Ben Heber, winning comeback

eighth to ISPS Handa Championship In Spain In Tarragona two weeks ago but very far from the cut Catalonia PGAAnd Victor Perez He gets some fresh air with his 72 contrasts (four birds, four ghosts). And what about Benjamin Hebertback to the competition Catalonia Championship (missing cut) after a boat fracture in the right wrist. The Brive from saint laurent team This cut should definitely be savored, its first this year since taking the 35th place in the Ras Al Khaimah Championship Feb 6.

Exit Bland and Westwood have already focused on LIV Golf Invitational

Mike Lorenzo VeraAt 10 p.m. Thursday (with Raphal Jacquelin), I freaked out by conceding four bogeys in his first five holes before, fortunately, to correct the shot somewhat on return (move to +4) and get 75 (+3) Which still allows him to be there on Saturday morning (from 8:35 a.m.) with South Africa Oliver Bakerwho lost in the play-off match last Sunday at the hands of the Catalans Adrian Arnaus !

It should be noted that the title holder, Richard BlandAnd Lee Westwood, ends after a constant cutoff in the overall rate (respectively +1 and +2). The two Englishmen had “made the headlines” at the start of the week, admitting they had requested an “exit voucher” from DP World Tour authorities to play in the tournament’s first tournament. LIV Golf Invitational Series At the Centurion Club, near London between June 9-11. It obviously didn’t bring them luck…

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