Italian Open R2

Flying Fitzpatrick edges ahead in Italy

October 10-13
Olgiata Golf Club, Rome, Italy
€7,000,000
Live leaderboard
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Matthew Fitzpatrick fired a six under par 65 to edge one shot clear of Denmark’s Joachim B. Hansen at the halfway mark of the Italian Open, the fifth event in the European Tour’s Rolex Series.

Italian Open R2 - Flying Fitzpatrick edges ahead in Italy
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Fitzpatrick posted four birdies and one bogey on the front nine and picked up three shots in his final five holes to move to ten under par for the tournament at Olgiata Golf Club.

“Just a really solid day. I figured out something with my irons after the second hole. I just needed to get a little bit more loft on it going back, something I’ve been working on since Wentworth, really. Just felt much more comfortable with my irons once I was out there. That certainly showed. Only missed one green after that.

“ I think I got to seven under par and I thought, now I’m sort of in the mix, really, which is obviously where you want to be. I did feel the way I played on the front nine, I was able to push it on the back nine, certainly, to get to 10 under.


The former Ryder Cup player has won in each of the past four seasons, including twice in 2016, but has yet to register a European Tour victory in 2019, having finished runner up in both the BMW International Open in June and the Scandinavian Invitation in August.

“It’s been a little while, Germany, which was back in June, that I was challenging and then Sweden. When you’re in these kind of positions, it’s always exciting. That’s why you play the game, and I look forward to the weekend.”

He goes into the weekend with a slender advantage over Hansen, who eagled the fifth en route to a second round 66 to move to nine under par, building on his tied fourth place in last week’s Mutuactivos Open de España which moved him to 89 th place in the Race to Dubai.

“I played really well today,” said Hansen. “I got off to a bad start on the first hole, but a few pars after that and suddenly I holed my second one on the fifth hole which was nice, and I kept running from there.

“I love the golf course. It reminds me a little bit about last week. It’s just a bit longer, but you really need to hit the fairways and the greens. The rough around the greens is hard to play from. Fairways and greens is what you want to do.


“I’ve been hitting the ball well. I’ve got my coach here this week, which is really nice, and my father, as well. Finishing fourth last week was just what I needed to relax a bit and set some new targets. I’m looking forward to the next two days and see what happens.”

World Number Five Justin Rose is among the impressive chasing pack sharing third place two shots further back on seven under par. The former US Open Champion posted six birdies in his round of 69 and briefly held a share of the lead alongside Hansen, but slipped back with a double bogey six on his penultimate hole.

“I had a poor finish, but there was some good stuff, as well. Whenever I did make a mistake, I put it behind me. I always tended to make some birdies after that. The putter again was pretty solid. I was happy with that. I did hit a couple more quality golf shots which is nice.

“When you do see it come out on the golf course as it does on the range, you know you’re getting close and you just need up to the frequency of that. I did hit a couple of very good shots today.


“So I’m happy with the day’s work. Yesterday I walked off maxing out what I could have scored. Today I left a few out there but everyone can walk off saying something similar.”

Rose is joined by another former US Open Champion, Graeme McDowell, who eagled the 17th hole in a round of 66, Englishman Andrew Johnston (68), India’s Shubhankar Sharma (69) and Slovakia’s Rory Sabbatini (70).

“The way I played 17 was very pleasing,” said McDowell. “I hit the tee shot in the perfect spot. The 17th is a perfect example of this golf course. If you get out of position on 17, it’s a challenging little hole, but if you hit a good drive, it’s 240 flag, five-wood and you can make birdies and eagles. Nice little second shot to the last after missing the fairway, but you know, I’m just enjoying myself out there.

“It’s a fun golf course to play. I think it plays into sort of my type of game. You’ve got to grind it around a little bit, and looking forward to being in contention this weekend.”

Home favourite Francesco Molinari, the 2018 Open Champion, carded a five over par round of 76 to miss the cut by five shots, while Shane Lowry, the player who succeeded him as Champion Golfer of the Year, also failed to make it through to the weekend after a level par round of 70 left him one stoke short.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-10
67
65
132
2
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-9
67
66
133
T3
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-7
66
69
135
T3
Justin Rose
ENG
-7
66
69
135
T3
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
-7
65
70
135
T3
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-7
67
68
135
T3
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-7
69
66
135
T8
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-6
69
67
136
T8
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-6
71
65
136
T8
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-6
68
68
136
T8
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-6
66
70
136
T8
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-6
69
67
136
T8
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-6
64
72
136
T8
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-6
69
67
136
T8
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-6
66
70
136
T8
Matt Wallace
ENG
-6
69
67
136
T8
Aaron Rai
ENG
-6
69
67
136
T18
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-5
68
69
137
T18
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-5
68
69
137
T18
Paul Waring
ENG
-5
70
67
137
T21
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-4
70
68
138
T21
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-4
72
66
138
T21
Danny Willett
ENG
-4
68
70
138
T21
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-4
68
70
138
T21
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-4
68
70
138
T21
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-4
69
69
138
T21
Joost Luiten
NED
-4
66
72
138
T28
Jordan Smith
ENG
-3
69
70
139
T28
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-3
70
69
139
T28
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-3
72
67
139
T28
David Horsey
ENG
-3
69
70
139
T28
Julian Suri
USA
-3
70
69
139
T28
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-3
68
71
139
T28
Chris Paisley
ENG
-3
68
71
139
T28
Francesco Laporta
ITA
-3
69
70
139
T28
Ross Fisher
ENG
-3
68
71
139
T28
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-3
69
70
139
T28
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-3
74
65
139
T39
Ashun Wu
CHI
-2
70
70
140
T39
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-2
72
68
140
T39
James Morrison
ENG
-2
72
68
140
T39
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-2
70
70
140
T39
Alexander Levy
FRA
-2
69
71
140
T44
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-1
72
69
141
T44
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-1
72
69
141
T44
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-1
71
70
141
T44
Lee Westwood
ENG
-1
69
72
141
T44
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-1
70
71
141
T44
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-1
72
69
141
T44
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-1
71
70
141
T44
Justin Walters
RSA
-1
70
71
141
T44
Ryan Fox
NZL
-1
70
71
141
T44
Justin Harding
RSA
-1
72
69
141
T44
Renato Paratore
ITA
-1
71
70
141
T44
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-1
72
69
141
T44
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-1
71
70
141
T44
Richard Sterne
RSA
-1
72
69
141
T58
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
Par
70
72
142
T58
David Lipsky
USA
Par
72
70
142
T58
Alexander Noren
SWE
Par
72
70
142
T58
Ashley Chesters
ENG
Par
71
71
142
T58
Thomas Pieters
BEL
Par
71
71
142
T58
Victor Perez
FRA
Par
74
68
142
T58
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
Par
74
68
142
T58
George Coetzee
RSA
Par
69
73
142
T58
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
Par
70
72
142
T58
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
Par
74
68
142
T58
Dean Burmester
RSA
Par
70
72
142
T58
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
Par
71
71
142
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
1
71
72
143
CUT
Brandon Stone
RSA
1
70
73
143
CUT
Haotong Li
CHN
1
73
70
143
CUT
Ian Poulter
ENG
1
72
71
143
CUT
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
1
71
72
143
CUT
Lee Slattery
ENG
1
71
72
143
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
1
72
71
143
CUT
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
1
73
70
143
CUT
Padraig Harrington
IRL
1
74
69
143
CUT
Richie Ramsay
SCO
1
71
72
143
CUT
Romain Langasque
FRA
1
70
73
143
CUT
Shane Lowry
IRL
1
72
71
143
CUT
Stuart Manley
WAL
1
75
68
143
CUT
Thomas Detry
BEL
1
71
72
143
CUT
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
2
75
69
144
CUT
Bradley Dredge
WAL
2
72
72
144
CUT
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
2
73
71
144
CUT
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
2
72
72
144
CUT
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
2
69
75
144
CUT
Luke Donald
ENG
2
70
74
144
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
2
72
72
144
CUT
Robert Karlsson
SWE
2
75
69
144
CUT
Thomas Aiken
RSA
2
74
70
144
CUT
Trevor Immelman
RSA
2
74
70
144
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
3
75
70
145
CUT
Martin Kaymer
GER
3
72
73
145
CUT
Matthew Southgate
ENG
3
70
75
145
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
3
75
70
145
CUT
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
3
73
72
145
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
3
73
72
145
CUT
Andy Sullivan
ENG
4
75
71
146
CUT
Darren Fichardt
RSA
4
75
71
146
CUT
Enrico Di Nitto
ITA
4
73
73
146
CUT
Gavin Green
MAS
4
71
75
146
CUT
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
4
75
71
146
CUT
Jeff Winther
SWE
4
71
75
146
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
4
74
72
146
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
5
70
77
147
CUT
Francesco Molinari
ITA
5
71
76
147
CUT
Grant Forrest
SCO
5
70
77
147
CUT
Paul Casey
ENG
5
71
76
147
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
5
70
77
147
CUT
Scott Jamieson
SCO
5
76
71
147
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
6
76
72
148
CUT
Lorenzo Scalise
ITA
6
72
76
148
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
6
73
75
148
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
6
77
71
148
CUT
Andres Romero
ARG
7
72
77
149
CUT
Jorge Campillo
ESP
7
72
77
149
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
7
71
78
149
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
7
77
72
149
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
8
74
76
150
CUT
Haydn Porteous
RSA
8
74
76
150
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
8
76
74
150
CUT
Robert Rock
ENG
8
75
75
150
CUT
Chris Wood
ENG
9
76
75
151
CUT
Liam Johnston
SCO
9
76
75
151
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
9
73
78
151
CUT
David Law
SCO
10
77
75
152
CUT
Edoardo Raffaele Lipparelli
ITA
11
85
68
153
CUT
Michael Campbell
NZL
11
76
77
153
CUT
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
12
76
78
154
CUT
Scott Hend
AUS
14
82
74
156
CUT
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
15
77
80
157
CUT
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
19
80
81
161
CUT
Kim Koivu
FIN
19
83
78
161
RET
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
Par
0
RET
David Howell
ENG
Par
79
79
RET
Richard McEvoy
ENG
Par
73
73