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Romero Leads French Open After Two Rounds


Argentina's Eduardo Romero has fired a course-record 9-under-par 62 to take a two stroke lead after the second day of the French Open golf tournament in Guyancourt, France.

The 50-year-old Romero played 27 holes Friday in the rain-delayed tournament and blistered the Le Golf National Albatross Course to go to 10-under-par 132 for the tournament.

Three golfers - Frenchman Jean Van De Velde, Soren Hansen of Denmark, and Jonathan Lomas of England - are tied for second place two strokes behind the Argentine at 8-under-par 134.

Frenchman Francois Delamontagne is tied with Sweden's Martin Erlandsson for fifth place three strokes off the lead at 7-under-par, 135.

The tournament is the richest in continental Europe with a top prize of more than $705,000. Should Romero win, he would also earn a two-year exemption and would automatically qualify for the British Open through the so-called mini order of merit, which concludes this week.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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