GUYANCOURT, France (AP) — Paul Waring shot a 7-under 64 at the French Open on Thursday to take a two-stroke lead in a first round where the main attraction turned out being the antics of a competitor’s mother.
The 279th-ranked Waring rolled in seven birdies and was bogey-free on Le Golf National course that will stage the Ryder Cup next year. Nathan Kimsey, Alexander Bjork and Thomas Pieters were the nearest chasers after 66s.
Pieters managed to keep his focus down the stretch after being witness to a bizarre incident near the 11th hole that had players laughing.
The mother of 21-year-old Chinese player Li Haotong rolled up her white shorts and waded into some muddy water to recover a putter that had been discarded by her son in frustration after a bogey on No. 11 about 20 minutes earlier. She collected the club and slowly returned with it to dry land, only to throw it back into the water…