Willett storms to top of leaderboard with stunning round

Danny Willett
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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 told europeantour.com after moving to 13-under par.

“To get out and birdie the first three in a row, which are the not easiest holes on the course, and then I just kept going - playing some good golf, hitting it in there pretty close and holing out inside 10 to 12 feet.

“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.

“You’ve got to take the golf course on because probably somewhere near 20-under par is going to be winning.

“So you’ve got to go out there and keep making birdies.”

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.

Willett’s fellow Sheffield golfer Matt Fitzpatrick also enjoyed a superb round to move to tied for 14th.

Fitzpatrick eagled the par five 14th – as he did in his opening round – on his way to a -5 round of 65, moving him to -6 for the tournament.