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Christian Nilsson forges ahead at St. Omer Open

AFP , ST OMER, FRANCE

Sweden’s Christian Nilsson equaled the course record with a seven-under 64 to snatch a two-shot lead midway through the St. Omer Open on Friday.

The 29-year-old fired seven birdies to match the record held by Brett Rumford and Jamie Little.

It put him on three under for the tournament, two shots clear of Englishman John Morgan.

Nilsson attributed his strong showing to his short game and the improved weather.

“Yesterday was not good but today was very good,” he said. “I made a lot of putts and played good iron shots. Playing well on the greens was a big difference. I didn’t make any putts yesterday but today I did.”

“The greens are very tricky and tough to find the lines but today I found them. The weather also made a big difference. Yesterday was windy, rainy and cold,” he said. “It’s a lot more fun to play in good conditions and when you play well it’s even more fun.”

Meanwhile, Ireland’s Paul McGinley saw his hopes of a Ryder Cup place suffer a setback when he finished the day 10 shots off the lead.

McGinley followed up a three-over-par 74 from the previous day with a four-over 75 to miss the cut by two shots.

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