A stunning chip in from Matt Fitzpatrick got his round back on track and helped ensure he retained the lead heading into the third round of the British Masters at Woburn.
After starting the day on top of the leaderboard, Fitzpatrick’s challenge looked to be on the wane as he carded two bogeys in a four hole run only for a deft touch on the third – the 12th hole of his round – to get him back on track.
“When I got up there I would have just been happy getting up and down so to chip in was a bonus,” the Sheffield golfer said. “It was a good little shot.”
The 20-year-old – the youngest player in the field – would go on to birdie two further holes on his back nine, including one on the last to see him regain the tie for the lead on -9 alongside Soren Kjeldsen.
He described much of the day as a struggle but was pleased to improve as the day wore on.
Fitzpatrick said: “I felt like I struggled a bit hitting the ball out there and I didn’t hole as many putts as I did on Thursday.
“It was just bout trying to grind it out and I got the feeling back on the back nine, hitting some better shots in there and managing some more putts which was nice.”
Fitzpatrick and Kjeldsen will be joined by Richard Bland (-8) in the final third round group, which will tee off at 12.05pm on Saturday.
Hackenthorpe’s Danny Willett is out at 8.45am after making the cut on -1 after a +1 round on the second day.