Romain Langasque French flag bearer in Dubai

After Victor Perez the day before (69, -3), it is the turn of Romain Langasque, on the same score this Friday for a total of -4, to take control of the French quartet present in Dubai. By returning a second card under par the day after his 71, which he described Thursday as “best party of the year, in terms of sensations”the 27-year-old has made a spectacular connection to the leaderboard by positioning himself in the top 20.

He who had saved his place in extremis in the field of this final of the European Tour, by snatching one of the very last qualifying places last week at Nedbank (29th), had designated on the eve of the tournament not to have ” nothing to lose “. In fact, after a sluggish first leg (3 bogeys for only 2 birdies), Langasque released his horses on the return to go down four strokes under par on the last nine holes. The cheeks reddened by the effort, in a heat hardly less suffocating than the day before, the native of Grasse, within reach of drive from Cannes, had the sun full of the words.

His part: “Iron strikes closer to the flags”

“I started with a bad iron shot at 1, so a direct bogey, but after that it was a bit the same spirit of the day as yesterday (Thursday). I drove a little less well, which cost me the bogeys of 8 and 9, but overall I played very well. I was patient, with a good putt which fell to 12 and made me turn the game a little because I put drive-bunker and I go out with a birdie. Behind, I hit very good shots until the end. The return to -4 was really the underline of this part. Overall, all my game was satisfactory except for driving. But the rest, in particular with iron shots a little closer to the flags which allowed me to make more birdies, was very good. »

“I feel good, the last week there were really good things that gave me a lot of confidence for this week. […] I will remain offensive, in this dynamic. »

The course: “I drank 3 or 4 liters of water”

“It’s a demanding course that takes a lot of energy because I really find the greens and the surroundings quite difficult. There are rough thick so as soon as you rate a reader you are immediately penalized, which is different from other years. It is also very hot. I had to drink at least 3 or 4 liters of water on the course. »

Rory or not Rory? : “A crazy experience”

“I saw on the leaderboard that he was in front and as I was playing two or three games behind, with my caddy, we knew that if I got in my putt on the 18th (for birdie and finishing at -5 like McIlroy), I had a chance to play with him (his 3rd round). But like I told my caddy, I don’t know if it’s good or bad to play with Rory. I’ve never played with him in competition and I think for a first time here in Dubai, it’s not easy. Especially since I heard it was exhausted tomorrow (Saturday) so it’s the kind of party where there will be a lot of people and where concentration is not easy to find. If I can ever play with him for the win on Sunday, it will be a crazy experience anyway, so why not? But for tomorrow, maybe it’s better that I play without him and still have my chance. »

His state of mind: “I will stay offensive”

“As I said earlier this week, I can’t lose a place in the rankings in quotation marks (he is 50th in the European rankings this week). I feel good, the last week there were really good things that gave me a lot of confidence for this week. It had been a long time since I had -4 on the last nine holes of a difficult course. Winning would remain very hard because there is a big champion of players, but I still have a good card tomorrow to have my chance on Sunday. I will stay offensive, in this dynamic and we will see what happens this weekend. In the meantime, I’m going home to rest because I need energy for the next two days. »

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