Chesters Leads Rain-Slogged European Open

England’s Ashley Chesters fired a 5-under to reach 9-under through the first two rounds of the Porsche European Open.

The tournament was delayed by heavy rains but eventually a majority got to the clubhouse at Green Eagle Golf Course in Hamburg, Germany.

Chesters has yet to make a bogey in the tournament, knocking in five birdies Friday and four on Thursday.  He has a one-stroke lead on fellow Englishman Jordan Smith, who bogeyed his final hole after a 4-hour rain delay.

“I definitely didn’t hit it as well off the tee today but the putter made up for a lot, so that’s always nice,” said Chesters. He’s 27 years old and currently ranked #446 in the world.

It’s not the luminous field in the world after last week’s Open Championship. France’s Alexander Levy is tied for second at 8-under needing to play three more holes to finish his second round.

Other notables in the top 10 include Richie Ramsay, Trevor Fisher Jr. Stephen Gallacher, and Charl Schwartzel are all tied eighth at 6-under; all but Schwartzel finished their second rounds.

An interesting American name in the field is Patrick Reed, who shot a 4-under 68 on Thursday but never to tee off on Friday. He’ll start the first of two Saturday rounds at 6 a.m. Saturday.

Reed was ranked in the top 10 of the world at the end of 2016 and was third in the PGA’s FedExCup standings after winning once and finishing in the top 10 of eight tournaments. He’s dropped to No. 26 in the world and has just three top 25 finishes.


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