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James Morrison takes narrow lead at halfway
July 1, 2011

James Morrison of England shot a 5-under 66 Friday to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the French Open.

Richard Green of Australia had a 68 to slip into second place. Mark Foster shot a bogey-free 68 to move to third, four strokes behind Morrison’s total of 132.

Peter Hanson (147), Bubba Watson (148), Francesco Molinari (149), Pablo Larrazabal (149) and defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez (150) were among the players who failed to make the cut.

Watson criticized fan behavior and poor security on the Albatross course. He was apparently affected by spectators snapping photos and recording videos during play.

Morrison made par on his first 10 holes before a string of five birdies in seven holes to move four strokes ahead of overnight leaders Green and Graeme Storm.

Green made three consecutive birdies on his back nine to overtake Morrison, but a double bogey on the seventh hole cost him the lead.

Martin Kaymer of Germany stayed in contention with a 69 for a share of 14th place. The 2009 winner had six birdies but also dropped four shots.

Jimenez had a nightmarish round despite an eagle and a birdie, making a quadruple bogey on No. 13 and six bogeys.


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