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Struggling Westwood stays positive at French Open

World number three Lee Westwood refused to rule himself out of title contention despite taking three penalty drops on his back nine in the second round of the French Open.

 
Westwood stays positive - GolfReuters
 

The Briton struggled to a two-over 73 for a one-over tally of 143, seven behind Marcel Siem of Germany who shot a second successive 68 to lead by one from Swede Alexander Noren (67).

Denmark's Anders Hansen (68) and South African George Coetzee (68) shared third place on 138.

Westwood was in positive mood despite a horror spell midway through the inward half which caused him to drop five strokes in four holes from the 12th.

"It's that kind of golf course," he told reporters at Le Golf National. "You don't have to be far off.

"I would have liked to have played a bit better coming in but I'm not out of it."

Siem completed his round following a mid-afternoon storm that prompted the suspension of play for more than an hour.

"If you shoot a few under par on this course, it doesn't matter about the conditions because it's a good score," the German said.

European Ryder Cup trio Francesco Molinari (139), Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter (both 141) were well placed midway through the tournament while captain Jose Maria Olazabal safely made the cut with a two-round score of 143.

Darren Clarke, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Paul Casey and Colin Montgomerie missed out.

Standings after round two:

136 Marcel Siem (Germany) 68 68

137 Alexander Noren (Sweden) 70 67

138 Anders Hansen (Denmark) 70 68

George Coetzee (South Africa) 70 68

139 David Lynn (Britain) 67 72

Francesco Molinari (Italy) 71 68

Raphael Jacquelin (France) 68 71

140 Brendan Steele (U.S.) 70 70

Ricardo Santos (Portugal) 71 69

David Drysdale (Britain) 70 70

Christian Nilsson (Sweden) 65 75

Shane Lowry (Ireland) 70 70

David Howell (Britain) 70 70

141 Ian Poulter (Britain) 72 69

Soren Kjeldsen (Denmark) 70 71

Jaco Van Zyl (South Africa) 69 72

Shiv Kapur (India) 72 69

Gary Boyd (Britain) 66 75

Matteo Manassero (Italy) 66 75

Branden Grace (South Africa) 72 69

Hu Mu (China) 71 70

Graeme McDowell (Britain) 72 69

Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 68 73

Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand) 66 75

Philip Golding (Britain) 71 70

142 Damien Perrier (France) 70 72

Nicolas Colsaerts (Belgium) 70 72

Steve Webster (Britain) 68 74

Jeev Milkha Singh (India) 68 74

143 Robert-Jan Derksen (Netherlands) 73 70

Robert Coles (Britain) 71 72

Tjaart Van der Walt (South Africa) 68 75

Joost Luiten (Netherlands) 74 69

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spain) 67 76

Gregory Havret (France) 70 73

Jose Maria Olazabal (Spain) 73 70

Federico Colombo (Italy) 67 76

Keith Horne (South Africa) 72 71

Mark Foster (Britain) 71 72

James Morrison (Britain) 73 70

Lee Westwood (Britain) 70 73

Richard Sterne (South Africa) 73 70

Felipe Aguilar (Chile) 74 69

Niclas Fasth (Sweden) 72 71

Julien Guerrier (France) 69 74

 - Eurosport
 
 
 
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