Bubba Watson criticises French Open crowd control

Bubba Watson
Watson has won twice on the PGA Tour this year

American Bubba Watson criticised the crowd control at the French Open after failing to make the halfway cut.

The 32-year-old will not make the weekend of his first regular European Tour event after carding two rounds of 74, which put him on six over.

Afterwards he said: "It's different, it's not a normal tournament. There's cameras, there's phones, no security."

England's James Morrison leads on 10 under after a second successive 66, one clear of Australia's Richard Green.

Morrison, who almost pulled out of the tournament after his Crohn's disease external-linkflared up, started his round on the 10th and parred his way through the back nine before picking up five birdies on the front nine in his bogey-free round.

"A lot of personal things have been going on off the course but I feel I'm starting to play very well," said the 26-year-old.

"I got married in January but my wife's been pretty sick with a couple of cancer scares and she's had a couple of miscarriages in the last three months.

"I've got Crohn's disease and I had a flare-up at the start of the week. As late as Wednesday morning I wasn't going to play but I've been put on steroids for the week and I think it's calming me down."

Joint overnight leader Green birdied five of his first 13 holes to reach 11 under, but a double-bogey six on the par-four seventh dropped him back to second.

England's Mark Foster enjoyed a blemish-free round, matching his opening 68 to be third at the halfway stage on six under.

Graeme Storm, who led with Green after the first round, twice found the lake short of the 18th green on his way to a quadruple-bogey eight on the 18th as he fell back to two under par.

However, the Englishman will play at Le Golf National near Paris this weekend, unlike Watson who mixed up three birdies with four bogeys and a double bogey

The left-hander added: "On every tee it says no phones, no video cameras and on every tee there's hundreds.

"I'm not saying it's bad, it's just something I'm not used to and not comfortable with. It's very strange to me."

European Tour tournament director David Probyn defended the event's security arrangements.

"You can't ban everyone who is carrying a mobile phone," said Probyn. "It's the same with cameras.

"You can't scan everyone for a camera at every event, that would just make it hard for people to watch golf and we don't want to do that.

"Sure, we are not as rigorous with the way we run things as they might be in America. But we don't have 1,200 volunteers like they have in America for a tournament. Anyway, our players are happy to walk through the crowds."

Watson confirmed he will play at the Open in Sandwich starting on 14 July "because it's a major - that's the only reason" but cast doubt on whether he will play in the Scandinavian Masters two weeks after.

"We'll see - it's a few weeks away," he said.

Defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez also failed to make the cut, carding a quadruple bogey eight at the 13th in a second-round 79 to end on eight over.

Scotland's Colin Montgomerie, who needs a top-five finish to secure entry to the Open, is tied for 24th on one under par.

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