Sunday 23 October 2016

Willett carries form from Open to the Alps

Danny Willett
Danny Willett

Danny Willett's impressive form carried on in the Swiss Alps as he claimed an one-shot lead on the second day of the Omega European Masters.

The Englishman was in the running for the Claret Jug at St Andrews last week after two rounds, eventually finishing four shots off winner Zach Johnson, and his hot streak continued in Crans on Friday.

Willett's 62 meant he matched the low-36 hole tournament record score of 127 but 36 players were unable to finish their second round as electrical storms brought a premature end to play.


The 27-year-old opened with three birdies and reached the turn in 30 before continuing to make hay down the back nine, despite a bogey on the 12th, to clinch a slender advantage over the South Korean pair of Yang Yong-eun and Baek Seuk-hyun.

"I had a couple of bad swings coming down the last two holes but it was a very good day," Willett said after moving to 13-under par.

"It's always a low scoring week, you know that, and mentally that's quite good. You can't just let up and shoot level par and that be good enough."

Yang's 63 made him the pick of the early starters and he entered the clubhouse with a three-shot lead before Baek joined his compatriot on 12-under thanks to a second straight blemish-free round.

Marcus Kinhult ended on nine-under and overnight leader Gregory Havret, who had a hole-in-one and an eagle over his first 18, only picked up one stroke yesterday and finished the 36 holes on eight-under alongside fellow Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin, Rikard Karlberg, Richard Green, David Lipsky and Marcus Fraser.

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