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Parnevik leads Swedish assault at Texas Open

Jesper Parnevik led a Swedish sweep of the top four spots on Friday, firing a five-under par 65 in the second round of the Texas Open.

With a round that included six birdies and a bogey, Parnevik sits atop the leaderboard at 14-under 126.

He is four shots in front of Swedish countryman Mathias Grönberg, who also recorded a five-under 65 on Friday on his way to a 10-under 130 for the tournament.

Parnevik is five strokes ahead of fellow Swedes Fredrik Jacobson and Richard S. Johnson who are tied at 131 overall.

“He’s probably a great front runner,” Johnson said of Parnevik. “I said to my caddie this morning, when (Parnevik) putts well, he putts really well. And, I mean, he always hits it good. He’s going to shoot four or five under everyday if the weather is going to continue being like this.”

Jacobson made his presence felt on Friday afternoon, firing a five-under 65 en route to a 131 overall. Johnson notched a four-under 66 on the tournament’s second day.

Parnevik tore through LaCantera Golf Course in Thursday’s first round, overcoming a bogey on his first hole to finish with 10 birdies in a career-best nine-under 61.

Parnevik is looking for his first PGA Tour victory since the 2001 Honda Classic.

“I think the course has played very easy,” Parnevik said. “It’s always nice when you have a few to spare than the other way around. I would like to be in the lead by as many as possible.”

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Sweden’s Noren storms to French Open title as fellow Swede Kinhult falters

Sweden's Alex Noren came back from a seven-shot overnight deficit to claim a dramatic French Open victory at Le Golf National on Sunday, as the difficult closing stretch of the Ryder Cup course saw a host of challengers slip up.

Sweden's Noren storms to French Open title as fellow Swede Kinhult falters
Swedish golfer Alex Noren holds the trophy after winning the HNA Open de France, as part of the European Tour 2018, on Sunday. Photo: LUCAS BARIOULET / AFP
Fellow Swede Marcus Kinhult had entered Sunday's play with a two-shot lead but struggled through a five-over final round to end in a three-way tie for fifth.
 
World number 16 Noren fired a brilliant four-under 67 to reach seven-under par for the tournament, before sitting back and watching his rivals falter as he won by a single stroke.
 
The 35-year-old will be a key figure for Europe when the Ryder Cup gets underway on September 28, and he showed all his qualities by playing the last three holes in two-under.
 
The big-name pairing of Sergio Garcia and Jon Rahm both threatened, but the two Spaniards found water at the 18th, while world number two Justin Thomas never seriously contended.
 
Julian Suri, who was looking to become the first American winner of the event since Barry Jaeckel in 1972, went to the 72nd hole on eight-under but made a watery double-bogey, while England's Chris Wood also blew a late lead.
 
That handed Noren, who finished his fourth round 45 minutes before the final group, a 10th European Tour title and first since the BMW PGA Championship in May 2017, when he also fought back from seven shots behind on the final day.
 
Scotland's Russell Knox carded a final-round 65 earlier in the day to finish tied for second with Suri and Wood on six-under — enough to secure him a spot for the British Open at Carnoustie along with Kinhult and Suri.