Prayers for Nice as 2nd round begins at the British Open

Prayers for Nice as 2nd round begins at the British Open

Prayers for Nice as 2nd round begins at the British Open

France's Clement Sordet paid tribute to the victims of the suspected terror attack in Nice as the second round of the Open Championship got under way in markedly different conditions on Friday.

Sordet was photographed on Friday morning, walking around the Royal Troon Golf Club in Scotland.

The attack in Nice occurred Thursday evening when a truck crashed into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day, killing more than 85 people and injuring others.

The 23-year-old woke up to a flurry of text messages from anxious friends not realising that he was in Troon competing in the Open.

Sordet's first thought was for his partner and her family and friends who were visiting, and once he knew they were safe he had to turn his focus to playing golf as he was in the first group out at 6.35am.

"The attack happened less than 500 metres from where I live".

"My girlfriend Marie is from Nice and she still has family there".

"I tried not to think about it but that's why I had this on my hat", Sordet told reporters after carding a 75 for an eight-over-par tally of 150 that is highly unlikely to make the cut.

The French golfer lives just a few yards from the famous Promenade Des Anglais where a lorry driver deliberately ploughed into Bastille Day revellers and left a deadly trail of destruction. He won't be back there for another two weeks because he is about to play in back-to-back tournaments. "We need to support each other". Dubuisson tees off in the afternoon.

The national flag of France flies at half-mast over the 18th green in honour of those who died in Nice during the second round - Royal Troon, Scotland, Britain - 15/07/2016.

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