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Romain Langasque sets clubhouse target in Crans as he seeks first pro title

Published 02/09/2016

France's Romain Langasque set the clubhouse target in the Omega European Masters
France's Romain Langasque set the clubhouse target in the Omega European Masters

France's Romain Langasque set the clubhouse target on day two of the Omega European Masters as he seeks a first European Tour title just months after turning professional.

Langasque added a flawless 63 to his opening 68 at Crans-sur-Sierre to finish nine under par and a shot ahead of Sweden's Alex Noren, who also returned an error-free 63.

The 21-year-old Langasque only turned professional after finishing 39th in the Masters in April, his trip to Augusta National secured by winning the Amateur Championship at Carnoustie last year.

But the world number 209 is already set to earn his full European Tour card via the Challenge Tour - he tops the rankings after six top-five finishes - and could secure a two-year exemption with victory in the Swiss Alps.

"This is really cool but that's what I want to do every week, so I will do my best now and we will see," Langasque told Sky Sports after a round containing five birdies and an eagle.

"I t was a really good day. I started well with a good putt on 11 and made eagle on 14 and then after that I just tried to do my best on every shot and it worked well today.

" The greens are really hard and fast but the most important thing is the distance (control) because the ball is flying a lot. Sometimes you have 160 metres and you have to hit a nine iron so you have to be really focused, take the decision before the shot and understand some good shots will miss and some bad shots can finish good."

Langasque played and practised alongside the likes of Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and Bernhard Langer at Augusta and went on to shoot 31 on his final nine holes to tie the record for the lowest back nine by an amateur in Masters history.

His round on Friday was hailed as "awesome" by playing partner Andrew Johnston, who carded three birdies and a solitary bogey in his 68 to lie just two shots off the pace, with Ross Fisher another two strokes back after a 63.

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