Rain Continues to Hamper Open de France


Heavy rains once again plagued the Novotel Perrier Open de France on Friday, but not before Warren Bennett and Daren Lee managed to take outright control over the rest of the field.
While Bennett made it through seven holes of the Lyon Golf Club, first-round leader Lee survived through ten to lead at 6-under before conditions deteriorated to the point that play became impossible.
The two lead by a stroke over Desvonde Botes (68), Roger Winchester (69) and Paul Eales (69), all of whom completed their second rounds on Saturday. Italys Constantina Rocca was also at 5-under through six holes once the rain began.
In addition to Rocca, seventy-four other players were unable to complete their second rounds, and will return to the course first thing Saturday morning to finish their play.
While the weather has caused serious delays in both opening rounds, however, tournament officials are not yet overly-concerned about finishing up 72 holes on schedule.
It is, though, becoming a bit of a hassle for the players.
It was really wet out there, almost unplayable, claimed Lee, who carded a 64 on Thursday. It felt like you were hitting out of water and very difficult to control. But the greens were holding up brilliantly.
Others seemed to agree with respect for the conditioning of the course.
It was tough out there, Botes claimed. I hit the ball very nicely and putted well but there is no run on the fairways. The greens are unbelievable though. Im very much looking forward to the weekend.
Full-field scores from the Novotel Perrier Open de France