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Richie Ramsay has joined overnight leaders Graeme Storm and Richard Green on top of the French Open leaderboard at 6-under.

Scot Richie Ramsay has joined overnight leaders Graeme Storm of England and Richard Green of Australia on top of the French Open leaderboard at 6-under.

Thanks to a birdie on his faultless front nine and three birdies and a bogey on the closing stretch, Ramsay was at three-under for his round and 6-under for the tournament after 16 holes as Storm and Green waited to tee off in the afternoon field.

At this stage Miguel Angel Jimenez, the defending champion had just posted an eagle at the par five third, his 12th, but with only six holes to go, he was in big trouble after four bogies and a quadruple bogey eight at the par for 13th had dropped him to into a tie for 123rd at 6-over for the round and 6-over for the tournament where he is was in severe danger of missing the projected cut of 1-over.

Alongside him in the same group, US star Bubba Watson, already a winner this year in two events on the US PGA Tour, was also looking like cut material.

The big-hitting American was 3-over for his round, but also 6-over for the tournament and was also going to need a miracle finish to survive.

Italy’ s 18-year-old up-and-coming star Matteo Manassero was another having a bad hair day.

Already twice a winner on the European Tour this year – nobody has won at a younger age – Manassero resumed Friday’s second round on three under and in a tie for sixth, but he bogeyed the 13th and 14th and then double-bogeyed the 15th.

Suddenly he was only 54th, with just the top 65 and ties progressing to the weekend.

Manassero next hit into the water on the short second – it was his third time in water for the day – but a birdie at the long next did repair some of the damage of the double bogey and left him at two over and just below the cut line.

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