Murray slips but he’s still in contention

MANCHESTER’S Tom Murray, the joint first round leader, is two shots off the pace in a nine way tie for tenth in the Challenge Tour’s Kärnten Golf Open in Austria.

But it could have been so much better because who had lead for much of the morning before a quadruple bogey nine at the par five ninth undid much of his good work.

Jérôme Lando Casanova and Andrew Johnston are the new front-runners on 10-under.

Casanovo said after his 67: “It was a very good score, but I’m particularly happy because I was not playing my best.I struggled a little bit with my driver from the tee, but I hit some good shots at the right times, and holed some putts too at the end of the first nine, which made it good fun today. It was a good fight.

“It is great to be back in contention just a week after the last time in Turkey, and I will try to learn from what happened last week. There are still 36 holes to go though, so I just need to focus on my game.”

England’s Johnston, affectionately referred to as ‘Beef’ on Tour, added: “I j holed a few nice putts, which helped.”

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