Morrison goes one clear

Halfway leader in Paris almost dropped out due to illness

Last Updated: 01/07/11 7:36pm

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James Morrison: did not drop a shot on Friday

James Morrison: did not drop a shot on Friday

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England's James Morrison shot a second successive 66 to lead the Alstom French Open by a shot from Australian Richard Green.

Playing the back nine first, the 26-year-old made all his five birdies in a bogey-free round on the front nine, including a run of three in a row from the sixth.

Morrison won in his rookie season last year and has earned over £500,000, but there is a first prize of over £442,000 on offer this weekend and also a place in the Open.

Second round leaderboard

(GB & Ire unless stated)
-10 J Morrison
-9 R Green (Aus)
-6 M Foster
-5 R Ramsay
-5 T Olesen (Den)
-5 M Nixon

Click here for collated scores

Morrison had missed his last four cuts and last July crashed out by eight shots at the 2018 Ryder Cup venue, but found it more to his liking this time.

However, he almost didn't play at all this week. He has suffered from Crohn's Disease - an intestinal inflammation - for the past decade and it flared up again at the start of the week.

"I almost drove home Wednesday morning, but I've had some steroids and it's calming me down," Morrison said.

Drained

"It's something I've been used to dealing with on a daily basis," he added. "I'm feeling a little bit drained, but I play better with that because I don't have expectations. I feel a bit worse for wear and just stroll through the day."

Joint overnight leader Green reached 11-under, but a double-bogey six on the seventh meant the leading duo swapped places again.

Former winner Graeme Storm, the other player to start with a 65, came to grief with a quadruple-bogey eight on the 18th, hitting two balls into the lake short of the green.

However, he still made the cut, unlike several big names, including defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez, Darren Clarke and last week's winner Pablo Larrazabal.

World number four Martin Kaymer, champion two years ago, shot 69 to move to two under - eight shots off the pace - one better than Colin Montgomerie, who had a 70.

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