- Associated Press - Friday, June 30, 2017

GUYANCOURT, France (AP) - Spaniard Adrian Otaegui and Peter Uihlein of the United States shared the lead at 8-under after rain disrupted play in the second round of the French Open on Friday.

Otaegui shot a 5-under 66 after rolling in six birdies on the Golf National course that will stage the Ryder Cup next year. After storms halted play for more than two hours late in the afternoon, Uihlein joined him at the top of the leaderboard with a 67 - matching his score from the first round.

Otaegui bogeyed the second hole but made up for it with birdies on the sixth, ninth and tenth. He then sealed a hat-trick of birdies from the 14th hole with a 40-foot putt on the 16th.

“I made a bogey on the second and missed a five iron just on the right and couldn’t make the up-and-down,” Otaegui said. “And after that I played great from the tee and made good swings with the driver and the three wood.”

Englishman Tommy Fleetwood and Sweden’s Alexander Bjork took a share of third place, one shot behind the co-leaders, and a shot clear of Englishmen Nathan Kimsey and Paul Waring in a tie for fifth heading into Saturday’s third round.

Continuing his form from the U.S. Open where he got his highest finish at a major with a fourth place, Fleetwood found his rhythm.

“It’s nice to finish this evening rather than getting up early tomorrow morning and coming back and having to wait,” he said. “Fortunately for me, I drove it well for two days and I’ve hit my irons well and I’ve been in control of my swing and my ball. My strength is ball-striking in general. Hopefully for two more days, I can keep it up.”

Waring, the overnight leader who shot a 7-under 64 in Round 1, finished with a disappointing 72 after bogeying twice. After reaching the turn he also hit a double bogey following a bad approach into the water.

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