Du Plessis eases into contention on Challenge Tour

Hennie du Plessis carded a two-under-par 68 on Friday to reach seven-under-par at the halfway stage of the Challenge Tour’s Open de Bretagne at Golf Bluegreen de Pléneuf Val André in Pleneuf, France in a share of third.

Du Plessis lies just one shot off the lead which is held by Frenchmen Jerome Lando Casnova and Julien Brun, and he shares third with Welshman David Boote, Chase Hannah of the United States and Jonathan Thompson of England.

In contrast with his opening round, in which he shot a five-under 65 with six birdies and a bogey, Du Plessis made just three birdies in his second, with a dropped shot coming on the 17th.

Jacques Blaauw, who was the best of the South Africans in the first round, had a tough day at the office, signing for a four-over 74 with three birdies, three bogeys and a quadruple-bogey eight on the 16th. That left him at two-under for the tournament in a share of 27th with, among others, Oliver Bekker, who shot a two-under 68 in the second round. They are just six off the lead, so by no means out of things.

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