Havret Moves Ahead in Italy


European Tour rookie Gregory Havret backed an opening round of 65 with an equally-impressive 66 Friday to jump into the outright lead through two rounds of the Atlanet Italian Open.
At 13-under-par 131, the 24-year-old is one of three French golfers inside the top-5 entering the weekend at Is Molas.
Havret leads by a stroke over his more famous countryman Jean Van de Velde as well as Englands Mark Roe. Meanwhile, Sven Struver sits two back at 10-under, while Frenchman Christian Cevaer is amongst a group of four players at 9-under.
While Van de Velde may be the most well-known of the trio, Havret will head into Saturday on the top of the leaderboard.
Whats more, a graduate of Q-school last year, the three-time French Amateur champion has already been making some noise of his own in the big leagues, most notably recording a fifth-place finish at the Novotel Perrier Open de France.
Now, hes looking for the first victory.
It was a good round, claimed Havret. I made a bogey on the second hole which wasnt the best of starts, but holed two good birdie putts on the 13th and 14th, both of 20-feet which got me going.
Van de Velde is trying to get his season going, as the 13-year tour veteran has not won since 1993.
However, a runner-up finish at the Cannes Open three weeks ago has him back on form an apparently right on top of his game.
I have been playing well even though I have missed a couple of cuts, and it is just a matter of making the most of the chances, Van de Velde said. Making the most of the par-5s and keeping the ball in play.
In joint-second, Roe might have used Van de Veldes advice on the par-5s, as the three-time winner on tour played them in just 1-under-par on Friday.
As a result, his 69 was six shots worse than Thursdays 63, in which he played the long holes in 4-under.
I can only say I had a really good chance to go further ahead, Roe admitted. But overall Im delighted because my temperament is good at the moment.
At 131st on the Order of Merit, Roe is in need of a strong finish this week to further his cause of full-time playing privileges for 2002.
He remains confident of the prospects.
I am nice and relaxed about it, stated Roe. Im pleased. If I can shoot well over the weekend, shoot a couple of 68s and get to 20-under, I might have a chance of winning. That is what I will look at.
Full-Field Scores from the Atlanet Italian Open.