Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm lurking in France

Thomas-Justin-USNews-Getty-FTR
Justin Thomas (Getty Images)

Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm are near the top of the leaderboard through two rounds of the French Open — one of the European Tour’s flagship events.

Rahm finished his second round at 3 under after a 2-under 69 in Round 2. He was just three shots behind leader Marcus Kinhult.

Rahm started his second round with a birdie and an eagle on two of his first three holes, but a messy double-bogey six on the par-4 15th derailed his momentum. It was the second day in a row he recorded a double bogey on the hole.

Thomas fired a second straight 1-under 70 to finish the second round at 2 under. He too suffered a late double bogey on the par-4 17th hole. He had been cruising through a bogey-free round until the late mistake.

“Man, it was one of the better rounds I’ve had in a while,” Thomas said after his round. “I could have shoot a 1-under on the front easy, could have shot a three or four under. I had total control of my ball, drove it beautifully, hit some really, really quality iron shots. The greens are a little bumpy in the afternoon, so that made it difficult to make some putts, but I stayed patient and was able to make a couple there.

“Just had one mistake on 17, I didn’t hit a bad shot. I just kind of had a freaky little wind switch there and the ball went 20 yards farther than we thought it was going to. So it’s unfortunate to finish how we did, but we really, really played well today.”

The French Open is one of eight Rolex Series events on the European Tour, and it’s being hosted by the same course set to host the 2018 Ryder Cup this fall.