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Lee Westwood three shots off the lead at KLM Open

by 15/09/2017 18:40:00 0 comments 1 Views
  • England's Lee Westwood is three shots behind France's Joel Stalter 
  • Westwood carded six birdies on his way to finishing seven under par for the day 
  • Half of the field couldn't complete their second rounds due to bad light 

By Press Association Sport Staff

Published: 18:40 EDT, 15 September 2017 | Updated: 18:40 EDT, 15 September 2017

Lee Westwood moved into contention at the KLM Open with a bogey-free second round of 65 which left him three strokes off the lead at the halfway stage.

Westwood hit six birdies to finish on seven under par on a day when clubhouse leader Joel Stalter added a 67 to his opening round 65 to emerge as the clear leader.

With bad weather having caused an early suspension of play on Thursday, organisers struggled to catch up, with half the field unable to complete their second rounds due to darkness.

England's Lee Westwood is three shots off the lead at the KLM Open in Holland
England's Lee Westwood is three shots off the lead at the KLM Open in Holland

England's Lee Westwood is three shots off the lead at the KLM Open in Holland

Rookie Stalter is now in a strong position to claim his first European Tour title, one stroke ahead of Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat, with German Sebastian Heisele a further stroke back.

Stalter carded seven birdies as he completed his opening round early on Friday morning, with his solitary blemish coming with a bogey on the final hole.

The Dutchman recovered to produce an increasingly strong showing in the second round, overhauling Aphibarnrat's lead with a run of six birdies in 10 holes.

France's Joel Stalter leads the tournament after recording a score of 10-under after two rounds
France's Joel Stalter leads the tournament after recording a score of 10-under after two rounds

France's Joel Stalter leads the tournament after recording a score of 10-under after two rounds

Stalter told the Tour's official website: 'I played really solid - it was tough at the beginning. I gave up two shots but then I really got it back strong.

'It's too bad because I maybe could have had a couple more birdies at the end but it was a really good round and I'm really proud of myself because it was a really long day.

'I've been in this situation before so I know what to expect for the weekend, but the goal is to be on top of the leaderboard on Sunday.' 

Scotland's Marc Warren is one shot away from Westwood and four behind leader Stalter
Scotland's Marc Warren is one shot away from Westwood and four behind leader Stalter

Scotland's Marc Warren is one shot away from Westwood and four behind leader Stalter

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