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Omega European Masters 2016: Friday Leaderboard Scores and Highlights

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistSeptember 2, 2016

CRANS-MONTANA, SWITZERLAND - SEPTEMBER 02:  Sam Brazel of Australia plays his second shot on the 17th hole during the second round of the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club on September 2, 2016 in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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Romain Langasque, Richard Green and Richard Bland share the lead after the second round of the 2016 Omega European Masters at Crans Montana in Switzerland. 

The trio is tied at nine under going into Saturday's action, with three more players chasing them by one shot. For the second day in a row, differences at the top were minimal, setting up a tense weekend.

Here's a look at the current leaderboard:

European Masters Leaderboard
PosPlayerTo ParFriday Score
T1Romain Langasque-963
T1Richard Bland-964
T1Richard Green-966
T4Alex Noren-863
T4Scott Hend-867
T4Richard T. Lee-865
T7Andrew Johnston-768
T7Joachim B. Hansen-768
T7Julien Quesne-768
T7Alejandro Canizares-764
EuropeanTour.com

For the full leaderboard, visit the European Tour's official website.

    

Recap

Langasque played a flawless second round to grab the lead among the early starters, carding three birdies on the front nine and two more to go with an eagle on the back nine.

The European Tour's official Twitter account shared the final putt of his round:

The European Tour @EuropeanTour

5 birdies, 1 eagle and a 2-shot lead. Romain Langasque is on🔥. #OEM2016 https://t.co/M8sjVhVWRt

The Frenchman missed on both of his sand saves but was perfect on his scrambles, and he drove the ball from the tee well. Langasque has yet to win a European Tour event in his career, but the youngster has flashed some impressive stuff in his short game in Switzerland. He's one to keep an eye on over the weekend.

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He took to Twitter to emphasise how well event organisers are treating the golfers:

Romain Langasque @Lancaisse

Swiss manage us well :) so fun to play With you , thanks @BeefGolf !! https://t.co/ArKJ97QbNk

Alex Noren equaled the 21-year-old's showing on Friday, also carding a round of seven under to stay in the running for the title. Like Langasque, the Swede didn't drop a single shot, making four birdies on the front nine and three more on the back nine.

CRANS-MONTANA, SWITZERLAND - SEPTEMBER 02:   Paul Lawrie of Scotland putts on the 17th green during the second round of the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club on September 2, 2016 in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/G
Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Ross Fischer joined the top players who had rounds of seven under, battling his way to a spot in the top 10 before the late starters kicked off. Not all of the top names fared as well, however, as George Coetzee managed just a one-under to fall eight shots behind the leaders.

Per the European Tour's official Twitter account, he blew off some steam in an unusual manner:

The European Tour @EuropeanTour

Shoot 69, go wakeboarding... 🌊🌊 That's what @gcoetzeegolf did. https://t.co/Yw7V6mHddG

Danny Willett was one of many players to struggle on the 12th, recording a quadruple bogey on the hole to tumble out of the top 10. The Masters winner was closing in on the top spot after a solid front nine, but back-to-back bogeys and then the disaster on the 12th killed his score.

Bland tied Langasque at the top of the leaderboard with a round of six under as one of the late starters, dropping just the one shot, and behind him, two more players made a push for the lead.

Richard Lee played a round of five under to move to within a single shot of the leaders, and Green took a share of the lead with a round of four under. He even had the outright lead for a stretch, until a bogey on the 17th moved him back.

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