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Nice's Sordet deals with emotion of terrorist attacks while playing Open

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TROON, Scotland – Clement Sordet awoke at 4 a.m. Friday to a flurry of text messages.

The 23-year-old lives in Nice, France, in an apartment with his girlfriend about 500 yards from where a man plowed his truck into a crowd at the Bastille Day celebration, killing over 80 people on Thursday night.

First off in the second round of The Open, Sordet wore a black ribbon on his cap with “Pray For Nice” written on the bill. He is one of two Frenchmen in the field this week; Victor Dubuisson is set to tee off at 1:48 p.m. local time.

Sordet shot a second consecutive 75 and will miss the cut at The Open.

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“I tried not to think about, but that’s why I had this on my hat,” he said Friday. “I was just trying to enjoy my last day at The Open.”

Sordet said his girlfriend’s mother, Sophie, planned to attend the party near the beach but later decided against it.  

“They’re safe now,” Sordet said, “so everything’s OK. But I feel really bad for all of the other guys.”

Sordet moved back to France after graduating in 2015 from Texas Tech, where he was a six-time winner. He won on the Challenge Tour in his fourth start as a professional, and he qualified for The Open after tying for second last fall at the Thailand Championship. Because of his upcoming schedule, he said he won’t return home to Nice for three weeks. 

Other players, like Ernie Els, also wore black ribbons on Friday. Open officials flew the French flag at half-staff.