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Graeme McDowell in the hunt again at Open de France



Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell

Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell

Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell is just one shot off the lead at the Open de France after a three-under par opening round at Le Golf National.

McDowell, who is also hoping to earn one of three spots available for The Open Championship, is one behind early leader Bradley Dredge after his first 18 holes.

The 38-year old started on the back nine, firing four birdies and a bogey to turn in three-under, before an up-and-down front nine that included three birdies, three bogeys and three pars.

It's a good start to the tournament for McDowell, who was won here twice in the past, and it continues his recent resurgence in form.

He's tied with England's Andy Sullivan at three-under, while Thomas Pieters and Robert Karlsson head a large group of players in the chasing pack at two-under.

Meanwhile, on the Challenge Tour, Ballymena's Dermot McElroy is one shot off the lead at the Made in Denmark Challenge on six-under, with Switzerland's Marco Iten alongside Danish pair Joachim B Hansen and Mark Flindt Haastrup at seven-under.

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