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Rookie Langasque fires 63 to lead European Masters 2nd round

  • France's Romain Langasque  competes during the second round of the Omega European Masters Golf Tournament in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, Friday, Sept. 2, 2016.  (Olivier Maire/Keystone via AP)

    France's Romain Langasque competes during the second round of the Omega European Masters Golf Tournament in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. (Olivier Maire/Keystone via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • England's Andrew Johnston competes during the second round of the Omega European Masters Golf Tournament in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, Friday, Sept.2, 2016.  (Olivier Maire/Keystone via AP)

    England's Andrew Johnston competes during the second round of the Omega European Masters Golf Tournament in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, Friday, Sept.2, 2016. (Olivier Maire/Keystone via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Players compete during the second round of the Omega European Masters Golf Tournament in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, Friday, Sept. 2, 2016.  (Olivier Maire/Keystone via AP)

    Players compete during the second round of the Omega European Masters Golf Tournament in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. (Olivier Maire/Keystone via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Tour newcomer Romain Langasque shot a 7-under 63 to take the clubhouse lead in the European Masters second round on Friday.

The Frenchman moved to 9 under, one clear of Alex Noren of Sweden, who also had a 63 on a sunny day in the Swiss Alps.

Andrew Johnston, the popular Englishman known to fans as "Beef," was on 7 under after a morning round of 68.

The later starters included American lefty Paul Peterson and Mike Lorenzo-Vera of France who both shot 6-under 64s on Thursday to be in a four-way tie for the overnight lead.

Defending champion Danny Willett of England began his afternoon round at 5 under.

Lee Westwood, one of five European Ryder Cup players here, shot a 4-under 66 to move to 2 under.