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Ross McGowan (pictured by Getty Images) stormed into the lead at the Open Blue Green Cotes d`Armor Bretagne with a brilliant second round of eight under par 62.

The Englishman could have been forgiven a dizzying sense of déjà vu as he compiled the best socre of the week so far at the Golf Blue Green de Pléneuf Val André, having shot a second round 62 there in 2007 – the year he eventually lost the tournament in a sudden-death play-off to former Ryder Cup star Peter Baker.

In the seven intervening years, McGowan has experienced the extreme highs and lows that only a top-level professional golfer can endure – from European Tour victories, appearances in Major and World Golf Championships to the plague of injuries that played a huge part in his return to the Challenge Tour.

But, as is often the case in the professional game, the old sporting adage that form is temporary and class is permanent can be applied to McGowan, whose outstanding ball striking and distance control were very much to the fore during his second round performance.

Eight birdies and not a single dropped shot saw the 32 year old rampage up the leaderboard and post a halfway score of 11 under to establish a two-stroke lead over compatriot Dave Coupland, with Frenchman Benjamin Hebert flying the French flag with pride alongside England’s Paul Dwyer on eight under.

“That was pretty good,” smiled an ever-modest McGowan. “I played well today and managed to roll a few of the birdie putts in today which is always the difference at this level.

“The conditions were great again today so there was always going to be a few low ones out there. It feels pretty good at the moment and even though my results haven’t been great recently I have been playing quite well.

“It’s always nice to go low and this is a golf course that I like. I shot 62 here seven years ago when I eventually lost the play-off to Peter Baker so I have a lot of good memories of this place and that always helps your confidence.”

Complete Second Round Scores

129 R McGowan  (Eng) 67 62;

131 D Coupland (Eng) 64 67;

132 P Dwyer (Eng) 67 65; B Hebert  (Fra) 66 66;

133 M Lorenzo-Vera  (Fra) 68 65; C Ford (Eng) 68 65;

134 E Johansen  (Nor) 67 67; J Winther (Den) 67 67; D Perrier (Fra) 66 68; H Joannes  (Bel) 64 70; D Law (Sco) 66 68; R Coles (Eng) 68 66; J Lando Casanova  (Fra) 69 65;

135 M Ford (Eng) 69 66; N Quintarelli (Ita) 66 69; P Maddy (Eng) 68 67; O Farr (Wal) 66 69;

136 D Vancsik (Arg) 70 66; R McEvoy  (Eng) 70 66; J Sjöholm (Swe) 67 69; B Evans  (Eng) 63 73; M Tullo (Chi) 66 70; N Joakimides (Fra) 69 67; A McArthur  (Sco) 67 69; A Hortal  (Esp) 67 69; J Roos (RSA) 66 70; E Espana (Fra) 68 68; J Edfors (Swe) 67 69; C Hanson (Eng) 68 68; J Senior (Eng) 68 68;

137 P Figueiredo  (Por) 70 67; D Kemmer (USA) 66 71; L Nemecz (Aut) 66 71; J Doherty  (Sco) 64 73; A Tadini (Ita) 68 69; C Aguilar  (Esp) 68 69; M Haines  (Eng) 68 69;

138 A Velasco (Esp) 69 69; R Gouveia (Por) 64 74; A Dunbar (Nir) 68 70; R Russell (Sco) 70 68; G Shaw (Nir) 67 71; B Stone (RSA) 65 73; L Jensen (Den) 74 64; J Elson  (Eng) 68 70; D Antonelli (Fra) 69 69; M Trappel  (Aut) 71 67; J Stalter (Fra) 66 72;

139 J Rask (Swe) 69 70; S Arnold  (Aus) 68 71; A Bernadet  (Fra) 70 69; S Gros (Fra) 70 69; J Fahrbring (Swe) 72 67; J Palmer (Eng) 68 71; A Marshall (Eng) 69 70; N Johansson (Swe) 70 69; M Delpodio  (Ita) 70 69; M Rocchi  (Fra) 71 68; R Langasque (am) (Fra) 71 68;

140 D Bobrowski (Fra) 69 71; P Relecom  (Bel) 68 72; G Woolgar (Eng) 67 73; T Lawrence (RSA) 70 70; C Brazillier  (Fra) 69 71; D Gavins (Eng) 72 68; R Davies (Wal) 69 71; P Couvert (Fra) 69 71; C Arendell (USA) 71 69; L Kennedy  (Eng) 71 69; K Subregis (am) (Fra) 74 66;

141 J Garcia Del Moral (Esp) 66 75; D Frittelli (RSA) 72 69; M Lafeber (Ned) 69 72; B Åkesson (Swe) 69 72; A Domingo (Esp) 67 74; T Linard (Fra) 70 71; N Lemke (Swe) 68 73; O Wilson (Eng) 70 71; A Björk (Swe) 68 73; E Larrañaga (Esp) 71 70;

142 J Guerrier  (Fra) 70 72; S Hutsby  (Eng) 72 70; T Remkes (Ned) 72 70; B An (Kor) 71 71; G Cambis  (Fra) 71 71; W Booth  (Sco) 70 72; A Snobeck  (Fra) 69 73; G Lockerbie  (Eng) 70 72; P Erofejeff (Fin) 69 73; C Mivis  (Bel) 69 73; O Stark (Swe) 70 72; M Wiegele  (Aut) 70 72;

143 R Steiner (Aut) 71 72; Z Scotland  (Eng) 72 71; M Orrin (Eng) 75 68; J Lagergren (Swe) 71 72; T Pulkkanen  (Fin) 73 70; F Fritsch  (Ger) 67 76;

144 L Goddard  (Eng) 71 73; D Stewart (Sco) 71 73; P McKechnie (Sco) 70 74; S Henry  (Sco) 72 72; S Casabona-Navarro (Esp) 75 69; W Harrold (Eng) 68 76; S Fallon (Eng) 70 74; C Tortuyaux (Fra) 73 71; S Little (Eng) 72 72; J Gandon (am) (Fra) 68 76;

145 J Foret (Fra) 74 71; R Whitson (Nir) 70 75; C Bouniol (Fra) 71 74; C Russo (Fra) 72 73; F Adarraga (Esp) 73 72; A Schwartz (Fra) 71 74; J Grillon  (Fra) 69 76; J Legarrea (Esp) 67 78;

146 K Benz (Sui) 67 79; J Sarasti  (Esp) 73 73; J Huldahl (Den) 75 71; R Kind (Ned) 75 71; A Rota (Ita) 78 68; L Bem (am) (Fra) 74 72;

147 J Adarraga Gomez  (Esp) 73 74; M Carroll (USA) 70 77; R Schneider (Fra) 77 70; F Delamontagne  (Fra) 74 73; N Ravano (Ita) 75 72; C Garrido (Esp) 69 78; J Gressier (Fra) 70 77;

148 P Edberg (Swe) 76 72; G Boyd  (Eng) 74 74; M Decottignies-Lafon (Fra) 75 73; T Lee (USA) 76 72; O Rozner  (Fra) 72 76; J Gonnet  (Fra) 71 77; R McGee (Irl) 72 76;

149 J Garcia Pinto (Esp) 74 75; K Le Sager  (Fra) 73 76; A Bihan (Fra) 73 76; G Leriche (Fra) 73 76; N Kimsey (Eng) 74 75;

150 L Claverie (Esp) 75 75; A Knappe (Ger) 79 71; B Chapellan (Fra) 75 75; S Dumez (am) (Fra) 78 72;

151 F Becker (Ger) 79 72; P Peracino (Fra) 70 81; C Batut (Fra) 78 73;

152 C Rameaux (Fra) 72 80; F Abadie (Fra) 77 75;

154 C Gonzalez (Esp) 78 76;

156 J Rodallec (Fra) 75 81;

163 C Menut  (Fra) 83 80;

** B Parker  (Eng) 67 WD; F Bergamaschi (Ita) 65 RT; L Gagli  (Ita) 73 WD;

Source: European Tour

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