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Archive for Saturday, September 22, 2001

Roe sizzles, shoots 66 in France

September 22, 2001

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— England's Mark Roe shot his second straight 5-under-par 66 Friday to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Lancome Trophy.

Roe, his left hand still smarting from a wasp sting, had six birdies to go to 10-under 132. One shot behind are Spain's Sergio Garcia and England's Anthony Wall.

Roe, who won this title in 1992, said his mind is not on golf. "Obviously, in the light of current world affairs and what is going on in the world, golf is not important," he said.

"My wife lost a very close friend last week to cancer at the age of 38. I sat at the funeral Monday before we came out here. ... All of these things have given me a jolt."

Garcia, who had two victories in a month on the U.S. tour this year, bogeyed his second and third holes. He then birdied eight of the next 10.

"I could have had 11 in a row," he said.

Retief Goosen, the U.S. Open champion and defending champ, slipped to a 71 after holding the first-round lead. He shares sixth place with Niclas Fasth of Sweden and Shaun Webster of England. They were one shot behind South Africa's Jean Hugo and England's Steve Webster.

Colin Montgomerie shot a 68 but missed the cut by two strokes. He missed the cut for the fifth time this season, his worst year since 1998.

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