Stephen Grant. Stephen Grant vowed to go on the atack after a second round 74 left him 10 shots behind leader Raphael Marguery in the Friuli Venezia Giulia Open on the Alps Tour.

The Birr player made the one under par cut on the mark after a round featuring four bogeys and just two birdies and now has nothing to lose in Saturday’s third round.


“Played pretty poorly today,” Grant tweeted. “Everything was a little off, could not get anything going. Made cut at least so aggressive as hell tomorrow in the final round.”

Grant is tied for 32nd with Banbridge’s Richard Kilpatrick (71) but Brendan McCarroll, fourth in the order of merit, is joint 24th on two under as he seeks to move up the standings with leader Jesus Legarrea and third-placed Borja Etchart in action on the Challenge Tour in Spain.

Leader Marguery posted a solid four-under-par 68 to move two strokes clear of England’s Jason Palmer and Ben Evans as the Frenchman seeks a first Alps Tour victory.

“My back’s not great but I’m making do with it. I made a few small mistakes today so I’ll change my strategy for those holes,” said Marguery.

Former Ryder Cup player Costantino Rocca, a tournament invite, who carded a 76 for a 10-over total.