Sandelin Parry share halfway lead in Vivendi Cup


European Tour

CHAMBOURCY, France – Sweden’s Jarmo Sandelin shot a 6-under 66 on Golf de Joyenval’s Retz Course on Friday for a share of the second-round lead with England’s John Parry in the Vivendi Cup.

Parry had a 67, also on the Retz Course on the western outskirts of Paris, to match Sandelin at 13-under 131.

England’s James Morrison (68), Australia’s Richard Green (66), South Africa’s George Coetzee (66) and France’s Julien Guerrier (69) were three-strokes behind at 10 under. They all played the Marly Course, the site of the final two rounds.

European Ryder Cup player Padraig Harrington, the highest-ranked player in the field, shot a 74 on the Retz Course to make the cut by a stroke at 2 under, which left him 11 shots behind the leaders.

Harrington had a treble bogey and a double bogey, and complained about his form on the greens after three-putting five times in two rounds.

“It needs tidying up,” he said.

Sandelin hopes the newest tournament on the European Tour will provide a turning point in a career that has long been in decline.

Since making his lone Ryder Cup appearance at Brookline in 1999, Sandelin, now 43, has not won for eight years and has lost his European Tour card three times.

He feels, however, that a recent change of diet could hold the key to a comeback.

“I have changed my nutrition completely,” he said. “I don’t try to have any intake of sugar now because if you have too much of it, it keeps you going up and down and you feel tired. I used to intake lots of sweet soft drinks and eat lots of candies. But not any more.

“Now I am not getting tired out on the golf course and I hope that is the key to me becoming more consistent.”

It’s not unusual for Sandelin to change his diet – in the 1990s he consumed volcanic dust.

“I have been on tour 15 years and I have tried a lot of different things,” he said. “And if I can find a recipe where I play like this more often then I will be very happy.”

Parry also led last week’s Austrian Open after two rounds but buckled under pressure in the closing two rounds and finished 20th.

“It’s hard to say what I learned from that experience,” Parry said after a finishing his round with four straight birdies. “But I will probably handle it a little bit better this time.”