Steady progress for Danny Willett in France

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Danny Willett recovered well from a front nine blip to card a steady opening round score at the Alstom Open De France.

Play at Le Golf National was disrupted by severe thunderstorms but Sheffield golfer Willett progressed well.

After five consecutive pars, Willett shot a birdie three only to follow up with two bogeys on the final three holes of his front nine.

But he steadied the ship on the back nine, carding two birdies among a string of pars to finish his round one under par.

Willett remains second in the Race to Dubai rankings and is looking to extend his lead over third placed Louis Oosthuizen.

Fellow Sheffield golfer Matt Fitzpatrick endured a tougher time as he targets qualification for The Open in a fortnight.

Two bogeys and a double bogey seven blighted a steady front nine for the 20-year-old former world amateur number one.

He fired a pair of birdie threes coming in but finished with a bogey on the 18th to end his first round two over par.

Fitzpatrick must finish in the top ten of golfers to have not previously booked their place in The Open to qualify for the Major at St Andrews,.

Willett and Fitzpatrick begin their second rounds at 12.40pm and 11.50am respectively.