American Kevin Stadler celebrated his country's independence day in great fashion, shooting 64-68 in his first two rounds of the Alstom Open de France.
His form over the first two days sees the Waste Management Phoenix Open champ three shots ahead of his nearest challenger Victor Riu of France.
Although he sits at the top of the leaderboard, Stadler could have been even further ahead if it were not for a double-bogey seven at the final hole.
"Overall it was another good day." - Kevin Stadler
"It was not exactly how I planned to finish the day,” Stalder conceded. “But overall it was another good day so it's all good.”
Key to the American’s impressive halfway total has been his work with the putter. In total he has the fourth best putt per-green in regulation statistics, a great improvement on his recent form.
“I putted brilliantly the first couple of days,” he said. “I got a little sloppy on my final nine today but other than that struck the ball very well as well, had a lot of chances and rolled in a lot of nice putts."
Kevin Stadler turning a corner?
Although the tournament is only at the halfway point, Kevin Stadler already has 13 birdies to his name. In round one the American carded a bogey-free round of 64, his best of the year. Without a top-ten finish in his last eight events, the return to form is welcomed.
"The putter keeps co-operating." - Kevin Stadler
"It's been a little rotten the last couple of months but it's starting to show some signs of form again and I've hit plenty of good shots the last couple of days,” Satdler said.
"Hopefully I can do more of the same at the weekend, the putter keeps co-operating and I am looking forward to the last couple of days."