VERSAILLES, France (AP) Alejandro Canizares of Spain is in front halfway through the French Open, one stroke ahead of defending champion Martin Kaymer of Germany.
Canizares closed his second round Friday with three birdies in a row for his second straight 5-under 66, leaving him at 10 under.
Kaymer shot a 67. He is followed by Robert-Jan Derksen of the Netherlands, who is two shots off the lead.
Play was delayed 2 1/2 hours because of rain and lightning.
Canizares' only European tour victory came at the 2006 Russian Open. He lost his playing rights last season and got them back by finishing fourth at qualifying school last fall.