CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland — Tour newcomer Romain Langasque of France shot a 7-under 63 to share the lead after the European Masters second round on Friday.
The 21-year-old Langasque, playing only his fifth European Tour event, fired five birdies, an eagle-3 and no bogeys to move to 9 under alongside Richard Bland of England and Australian Richard Green, who had rounds of 64 and 66 respectively.
“I’m quite sure I will be on the European Tour next year, so I play without pressure,” said Langasque, who leads the money list on the second-tier Challenge Tour.
On another day of warm sunshine and low scoring in the Swiss Alps, Alex Noren of Sweden also had a 63 to join a three-way tie one stroke off the lead with Scott Hend of Australia and Richard Lee of Canada.
Andrew Johnston, the popular Englishman known to fans as “Beef,” was in a group of five players on 7 under after a morning round of 68.
Defending champion Danny Willett of England had a quadruple bogey 8 at the par-4 12th in his round of 72.
Willett was joined at 3 under by his European Ryder Cup teammate Chris Wood, who shot a 2-under 68.
Lee Westwood of England, a pick by captain Darren Clarke to face the United States at Hazeltine, Minnesota, from Sept. 30, shot a 4-under 66 to move to 2 under.
Matt Fitzpatrick needed four birdies in his final five holes to make the cut at level par with a 5-under round of 65 Friday.
The fifth member of the Ryder Cup team playing here, Andy Sullivan of England, missed the cut by one stroke despite shooting a 67.
Clarke, who arrived at the Crans-sur-Sierre club only after making his three picks Tuesday in England, had a 76 to follow his first-round 78.