Japan’s Hideto Tanihara fired a second round four-under-par 66 to lead the Omega European Masters by two-shots in Switzerland on Friday, with defending champion Matt Fitzpatrick, Lucas Bjerregaard and Doug Ghim in hot pursuit.
Tanihara’s 66 to go with Thursday’s 65 puts him in-charge with a nine-under-par total. Two shots back are England’s Fitzpatrick (64), Denmark’s Bjerregaard (65) and American Ghim who also fired a five under 65.
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Sitting at six under is – Englishman Danny Willett (66), Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher (66), South African Haydn Porteous (65) and Frenchman Mike Lorenzo-Vera(66).
The 39-year-old Tanihara’s round consisted of birdies on the seventh, 12th, 14th and 17th in his bogey-free round of 66.
After his second round, Tanihara said: “My game was very consistent and if my putting was better I would have been able to get higher on the score,” he said. “I was able to play like yesterday. I just want to focus on my putting more and then I will be better.
“There are a lot of great players here and I just want to concentrate on playing my game. Just want to focus and hopefully play two more days like this.”
Fitzpatrick bogeyed two of the first four holes but battled back with birdies at the fifth, sixth and seventh and another at the ninth.
On the back-nine, Fitzpatrick birdied the 10th, 12th, 14th and par-four 18th to sit two off the pace heading into the weekend.
Bjerregaard birdies the first, fourth, sixth, seventh, ninth and 14th but spoilt his round with a bogey on the 18th for his 65.
American Ghim nailed birdies on the fifth and eighth then bogeyed the 11th but followed that up with four birdies for his 65.
Leading second round scores:
1 Hideto Tanihara -9 6566 Total: 131
2 Lucas Bjerregaard -7 6865 133
Matthew Fitzpatrick 66964
Doug Ghim 6865
5 Stephen Gallacher -6 6866 134
Haydn Porteous 6965
Danny Willett 6866
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 6866
9 Søren Kjeldsen -5 6570 135
Thomas Aiken 6867
Ashun Wu 7065
Nacho Elvira 6669
S.S.P. Chawrasia 6966
Maximilian Kieffer 6471
Alexander Levy 6768
16 Daniel Brooks -4 6967 136
David Drysdale 6670
Matthew Southgate 6967
Chase Koepka 7165
Ryan Fox 6769
Romain Wattel 6967
Julien Guerrier 6571
Charl Schwartzel 6769
Richard Sterne 6967