French Open. Kevin's Independence Day Celebration. July 04 2014

  dragon logo dark American Kevin Stadler provided his own firework show at the French Open, Birdies and Bogeys but stayed at the top of the leaderboard. Kevin Stadler   (Getty Images) Kevin Stadler / Getty Images After starting the tournament with a flawless 62, Kevin followed that up with a second round -3 under par 68 to lead the tournament by three shots at the half-way point. He dropped his first shot on the Le Golf National course at his 32nd hole, but recovered with birdies on the next two holes. The big mistake of the day came via a shanked approach shot to the par five ninth, his final hole of the day, to sadly card a double bogey seven, and a -10 under par total; "I just tried to get a little too much out of it, I didn't have the best of lies and had to hit the shot perfectly. I got a little too steep on it and it came off the hosel and into the deep stuff." "It was not exactly how I planned to finish the day but overall it was another good day so it's all good. I putted brilliantly the first couple of days. I got a little sloppy on my final nine today but other than that struck the ball very well as well, had a lot of chances and rolled in a lot of nice putts." "It's been a little rotten the last couple of months but it's starting to show some signs of form again and I've hit plenty of good shots the last couple of days. Hopefully I can do more of the same at the weekend, the putter keeps co-operating and I am looking forward to the last couple of days." Parisian Victor Riu is in second place, much to the delight of the local fans. Victor had a second round of -4 under par 67, giving him a tournament total of -7 under par. His hard work with his coach, and some local knowledge is paying dividends; "I'm attached to St-Nom-La-Bretéche but most of time I come here because the course is so good. I used to play here most of the time I'm in Paris. I didn't feel very good in my game but my coach arrived here on Monday. We are training very hard and I feel much, much better." Marcel Siem is in third place at -5 under par, with Defending champion Graeme McDowell adding  a -2 under par 69 to his opening 70 to total -3 under par  for a share of fourth place with six other players. Graeme was quick to acknowledge Kevin's Independence Day performance; "I said to Martin Kaymer it was nearly as good as his at Pinehurst, but not quite. "It's Kevin's type of golf course and if he keeps playing like that he's going to be tough to catch, but I feel like three under is not a bad return for the last two days and if I can go low tomorrow and get myself back into it, who knows?"