European Masters: Fitzpatrick and Willett both in contention

Matt Fitzpatrick is thriving at the European Masters
Matt Fitzpatrick is thriving at the European Masters

Danny Willett and defending champion Matt Fitzpatrick fired themselves into contention on a brilliant second day for the Sheffield pair at the Omega European Masters.

Last year’s winner Fitzpatrick recovered from a difficult start at Crans Montana to card a brilliant, best-of-the-day, six under par 64 to move onto seven under for the tournament, two shots behind leader Hideto Tanihara.

The 24-year-old carded two bogeys in the first four holes but followed immediately with three straight birdies on his way to a flawless back nine which left him in a tie for second overnight alongside Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard.

Willett sits a shot behind on six under par, largely down to a brilliant finish to his round.

Starting on ten, the 30-year-old enjoyed a steady opening nine holes with one birdie before a bogey on one looked to hinder any progress.

He followed with an immediate birdie before birdieing his final three holes to card a 66 for the day.

Scotland’s Stephen Gallagher joined Willett in a tie for fourth overnight.