The German Hurly Long alone in the lead at the Belfry. Jacquelin and Brun in the top 15

223rd player in the world, Hurly Long (photo) takes command of the British Masters halfway through thanks to a very solid 68 (-4). At -9 (135), the German is only a tiny point ahead of the very experienced Richie Ramsay, Thorbjorn Olesen and Marcus Kinhult. Of the thirteen French players engaged Thursday morning, nine crossed the cut. Raphaël Jacquelin and Julien Brun grab 14th place at -4 (140).

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Spread the word ! Despite his very limited experience on the DP World Tour (27th start this week at the highest European level), Hurly Long27, has already distinguished himself several times in 2022, for example taking third place in the Ras Al Khaimah Classic on February 13 and then finishing second in the Magical Kenya Open the following March 6 with a total score of -12, four lengths behind the winner, the Chinese Ashun Wu.

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The German, 17th in the Road to Mallorca 2021 and in possession of a category 14, signed an atypical lap this Friday at Belfry. Starting from 10, he thus lined up nine consecutive pars then slammed five birdies on the first six holes of the return, before getting stuck on his final obstacle, the par 4 of the 9.

His score of 135 (-9) nevertheless does not allow him to escape halfway through, only having a head start on three former winners on the European Tour, the Scot Richie RamsayDanish Thorbjorn Olesenco-leader the day before, and the Swede Marcus Kinhult. On arrival, thirteen players stand in just four points. Among them, the winner of the Masters 2016 and host of this 2022 edition, Danny Willett. The Englishman is sixth at -6 after posting the card of the day: 65!

Just behind, in fourteenth position at -4 (140), we find Raphael Jacquelin and Julian Brown. The Lyonnais, who is playing his 666th tournament on the European Tour, was content with a 71 (-1) but soon to be 48 (this Sunday), he once again demonstrated all his mastery on a difficult course. Everything that the current 1,526th player in the world appreciates.

By signing a good 69 (-3), Julien Brun, he continues with a fourth consecutive cut. In eleven starts since Joburg Open at the end of November, the Antibois based in Prague only missed two weekends and finished four times in the top 15. Not bad for a first full season on the Tour!

Roussel and Stalter finally breathe…

At the antipodes of the pace agreed by the assiduous student ofOlivier Leglise, Robin Roussel only crosses his second cut in eight attempts in 2022. Two cards of 71 opens the doors to the top 30 (27th -2). This may be the long-awaited trigger for the 1,128th player in the world in possession of a 16c category.

We find just behind (37th at -1) several tricolors in revenge mode. This is the case of Joel Stalterthe first cut of the year in seven starts, or for Frederic Lacroix, who hadn’t had a weekend on the DP World Tour since finishing 51st in Kenya in early March. Very nice reaction too Romain Langasqueauthor of a magnificent 67 (-5) but whose last validated cut dates back to Qatar Masters (21st). Lacroix and Langasque will also play together in this moving day from 9:30 a.m. local (10:30 a.m. in France).

Ben Hébert, the winning comeback

8th to ISPS Handa Championship in Spain in Tarragona two weeks ago but too far from the cut to the PGA Catalonia, Victor Perez gets some fresh air with his contrasting 72 (four birdies, four bogeys). And what about Benjamin Hebertreturned to competition Catalonia Championship (missed cut) after a scaphoid fracture of the right wrist. The Brive of the Team St Laurent must definitely savor this cut, the first this year since his 35th place at the Ras Al Khaimah Championship February 6.

Exit Bland and Westwood, already focused on the LIV Golf Invitational

Mike Lorenzo Veratenth Thursday evening (with Raphaël Jacquelin), got very scared by conceding four bogeys on his first five holes before, fortunately, to rectify somewhat the shot on the return (go to +4) and get by with a 75 (+3) which nevertheless allows him to be there on Saturday morning (from 8:35 a.m.) in the company of the South African Oliver Beckerbeaten in the play-off last Sunday by the Catalan Adrian Arnaus !

It should be noted that the title holder, Richard Blandand Lee Westwood, end beyond a fixed cut in the par total (respectively +1 and +2). The two Englishmen had “made the headlines” at the start of the week, admitting to having requested an “exit voucher” from the authorities of the DP World Tour to play in the first tournament of the LIV Golf Invitational Series at the Centurion Club, near London between June 9 and 11. It obviously didn’t bring them luck…

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