Nicolas Colsaerts – one of the joint leaders – Getty Images

Ryan Fox remains as the leading Australasian at the Amundi Open de France but he has slipped from a share of the tournament lead into 13th position following his second round of 74 at Le Golf National in Paris.

Fox was on the back foot early in round two, dropping three shots on the way to the turn and although he improved slightly on his closing nine, he now finds himself six shots behind the joint leaders, George Coetzee of South Africa and Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts.

Victorian Deyen Lawson is the nest best of the Australasians, just one shot behind Fox in 20th place, Jake McLeod improved with a second round of 69 to be tied for 31st along with Jason Scrivener while Lucas Herbert is 55th.

Coetzee was delighted with his day especially given that it will allow him to watch the quarter finals of the World Cup of Rugby on Saturday morning before he tees off later in the day.

“Very happy,” said Coetzee who had led with Fox after day one. “The plan was to get a nice, late tee time so I can watch the rugby tomorrow morning. It was a tricky day. I think I got the good side of the draw there because the wind died down on the back nine, and you can see it started getting a little easier and made a couple more birdies.

“I wasn’t too upset with the front nine. I made one bad decision and played the other holes pretty well. It’s always nice to kind of build momentum going into the weekend.”

Coetzee and Colsaerts lead by one over American Kurt Kitayama who finished 3rd at the last week’s Italian Open.

below: Ryan Fox in action this week courtesy of Getty Images