Romain Langasque will take a three-hole lead against Scotland's Grant Forrest into the afternoon round of the Final of the 120th Amateur Championship today.
The 20-year-old from Nice took charge of the early proceedings in the morning round and Forrest was forced to hole testing putts on the first two holes to remain all square. On the par four 3rd hole, both players found greenside bunkers with their tee shots but Langasque splashed out to a foot from the hole and the putt was conceded. Forrest's 8 ft putt lipped out and his opponent went one up.
The next four holes were halved in par before the Frenchman holed a series of lengthy putts for three consecutive birdies from the 8th hole to go four up and take a grip on the match. Forrest bogeyed the par four 11th hole to fall five behind but showed his battling qualities to bounce back with an excellent drive and approach for an eagle on the par five 12th to win the hole after Langasque found a bunker from the tee and could only manage a birdie.
The Frenchman, who won the Southern Cross Invitational in Argentina in March, kept up the pressure and restored his five-hole lead by winning the 14th after Forrest put his drive out of bounds.
Forrest recovered to win the 15th with a birdie and the 16th when Langasque failed to get up and down with his chip from left of the green. On the 17th, Forrest found the fairway from the tee while his opponent was in the right hand rough and could only hit his approach 20 yards short of the green. The former St Andrews Links Trophy champion pulled his approach into thick rough left of the green and, when he could only find the edge of the green with his first chip and his next went past the cup, the hole was lost.
On the 18th hole, Langasque drove into a bunker on the right of the fairway and his escape found a greenside bunker on the right. With Forrest on the green in two, Langasque overcooked his bunker shot to go out of bounds beyond the green and was forced to concede the hole to leave him three up going into this afternoon's round.
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