European Tour

Omega European Masters 2018

September 06-09

Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club, Crans-Montana, Switzerland

€2,700,000

September 06-09

Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club, Crans-Montana, Switzerland

€2,700,000

Round 2

Tanihara hits heights in Cran

September 07, 2018

Hideto Tanihara will take the lead into the weekend for the first time in his European Tour career after firing a bogey-free 66 on day two of the Omega European Masters.

Tanihara hits heights in Cran, © Getty Images

- Getty Images

“My game was very consistent and if my putting was better I would have been able to get higher on the score. I was able to play like yesterday. I just want to focus on my putting more and then I will be better."

“There are a lot of great players here and I just want to concentrate on playing my game. I feel very grateful to be playing in this beautiful place. The altitude is very high and the temperatures very low and when the wind blows it is very difficult."

“There were two holes that I was able to save and read the green so it was a very calm decision, and I was able to putt well."

The Japanese moved to nine under in the morning at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club and nobody could reel him in, although he had a high-class chasing pack breathing down his neck in defending champion Matthew Fitzpatrick - who matched the lowest round of the week with a 64 - to sit alongside Dane Lucas Bjerregaard and American Doug Ghim at seven under.

“It was a great day," said Fitzpatrick. "Got off to a bad start, I wouldn't even call it a slow start, a bad start. Two over through four but that is one reason why I love this golf course, you know you can get it back on the short par fours coming up after that, a couple par fives on your back nine and you've got chances coming in, so I was delighted to take them."

“It is nice to be up at altitude here and the big difference on nine this year is I have a new three wood in comparison to last year so that has given me another ten or 15 which is good.

“I would say it's probably as hard as I've seen it this year just because it's so firm but I think yesterday morning was a good chance to go low, because it was soft and being first out but I managed to do it this afternoon, but I think it will be an exciting weekend.

“I'll just play my own game, stick to the plan for each hole. I would say I probably play the golf course more aggressively than most people and I think I kind of know what I'm doing around here which is nice, so hopefully it kind of plays into my hands.”

Tanihara is a 14-time winner on the Japan Golf Tour but announced himself to the European Tour last season as he finished fourth at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and in a tie for third at the BMW PGA Championship. He has three top tens so far this season as he looks for his first win in his first full season on Tour.

Fitzpatrick missed the cut on his first visit to the mountains in 2014 but has been formidable since, finishing second in 2015, seventh in 2016 and winning his fourth European Tour title here last season. In that time he has recorded just two over par rounds, with Friday's effort his seventh circuit of 65 or better in Crans-Montana.

Portugal Masters champion Bjerregaard arrived in Switzerland off the back of two top tens and quickly emerged as Tanihara's closest challenger in the afternoon along with American Ghim. The talented 22 year old was second at last season's US Amateur to earn entry to the Masters Tournament and the US Open, finishing as the low amateur at Augusta National and turning professional after playing at Shinnecock Hills in June.

“I am playing in all the right places," said Ghim. "I didn't really have many spots where I thought I couldn't make a par and had a lot of opportunities for birdie, and I have been putting pretty well so that's been good."

“I have been driving it well too so that has given me a lot of opportunities to attack some of these pins. These greens are really firm and difficult, and some of the pins are quite tough too, so driving it has been a big part of the two days so far."

“I didn't know I was in the field until Wednesday last week right before Denmark, so it was a bonus just to be here and I am just thankful to take advantage of it."

“Coming out of my amateur career I didn't know what to expect or how different it would be, and it has been quite the learning experience, but I feel like I finally have my footing a little bit, so just excited for what's to come.”

This is just his second regular European Tour event after missing the cut at last week's Made in Denmark and after making an early bogey on the 11th, he bounced back with gains on the 12th, 15th, 17th, 18th, fifth and eighth.

The group in fifth then combined for ten European Tour titles including a Major Championship with Scot Stephen Gallacher, Frenchman Mike Lorenzo-Vera, South African Haydn Porteous and England's Danny Willett at six under.

South African Thomas Aiken, India's SSP Chawrasia, Spaniard Nacho Elvira, German Maximilian Kieffer, Dane Søren Kjeldsen, Frenchman Alexander Levy and China's Wu Ashun were four shots off the lead.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-9
65
66
131
T2
Doug Ghim
USA
-7
68
65
133
T2
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-7
68
65
133
T2
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-7
69
64
133
T5
Danny Willett
ENG
-6
68
66
134
T5
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-6
69
65
134
T5
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-6
68
66
134
T5
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-6
68
66
134
T9
Alexander Levy
FRA
-5
67
68
135
T9
Ashun Wu
CHI
-5
70
65
135
T9
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-5
66
69
135
T9
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-5
64
71
135
T9
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
-5
69
66
135
T9
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-5
65
70
135
T9
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-5
68
67
135
T16
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
-4
67
69
136
T16
Chase Koepka
USA
-4
71
65
136
T16
Daniel Brooks
ENG
-4
69
67
136
T16
David Drysdale
SCO
-4
66
70
136
T16
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-4
65
71
136
T16
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-4
69
67
136
T16
Richard Sterne
RSA
-4
69
67
136
T16
Romain Wattel
FRA
-4
69
67
136
T16
Ryan Fox
NZL
-4
67
69
136
T25
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-3
68
69
137
T25
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-3
65
72
137
T25
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-3
70
67
137
T25
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-3
66
71
137
T25
Justin Walters
RSA
-3
66
71
137
T25
Laurie Canter
ENG
-3
68
69
137
T25
Lee Westwood
ENG
-3
68
69
137
T25
Matt Wallace
ENG
-3
68
69
137
T25
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-3
71
66
137
T25
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-3
70
67
137
T25
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-3
69
68
137
T36
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-2
69
69
138
T36
Chris Wood
ENG
-2
68
70
138
T36
David Lipsky
USA
-2
68
70
138
T36
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-2
70
68
138
T36
Gavin Green
MAS
-2
69
69
138
T36
Josh Geary
NZL
-2
68
70
138
T36
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
-2
71
67
138
T36
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-2
67
71
138
T36
Pedro Oriol
ESP
-2
72
66
138
T36
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-2
69
69
138
T46
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-1
74
65
139
T46
Andres Romero
ARG
-1
72
67
139
T46
Austin Connelly
CAN
-1
70
69
139
T46
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-1
71
68
139
T46
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-1
68
71
139
T46
David Horsey
ENG
-1
70
69
139
T46
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-1
69
70
139
T46
George Coetzee
RSA
-1
69
70
139
T46
Gregory Havret
FRA
-1
69
70
139
T46
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
-1
71
68
139
T46
James Morrison
ENG
-1
70
69
139
T46
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-1
71
68
139
T46
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-1
74
65
139
T46
Lee Slattery
ENG
-1
68
71
139
T46
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-1
70
69
139
T46
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-1
69
70
139
T46
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-1
67
72
139
T46
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
-1
68
71
139
T46
Ricardo Gonzalez
ARG
-1
71
68
139
T46
Richard McEvoy
ENG
-1
72
67
139
T46
Ross Fisher
ENG
-1
70
69
139
T46
Scott Hend
AUS
-1
70
69
139
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
Par
71
69
140
CUT
Brett Rumford
AUS
Par
70
70
140
CUT
Connor Syme
SCO
Par
74
66
140
CUT
David Howell
ENG
Par
71
69
140
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
Par
71
69
140
CUT
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
Par
69
71
140
CUT
Lasse Jensen
DNK
Par
73
67
140
CUT
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
Par
70
70
140
CUT
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
Par
74
66
140
CUT
Oliver Farr
WAL
Par
71
69
140
CUT
Oliver Fisher
ENG
Par
69
71
140
CUT
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
Par
70
70
140
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
1
67
74
141
CUT
Andrea Pavan
ITA
1
70
71
141
CUT
Bradley Neil
SCO
1
71
70
141
CUT
Clement Sordet
FRA
1
73
68
141
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
1
70
71
141
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
1
69
72
141
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
1
71
70
141
CUT
Richard Bland
ENG
1
70
71
141
CUT
Richie Ramsay
SCO
1
72
69
141
CUT
Sam Horsfield
ENG
1
72
69
141
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
1
72
69
141
CUT
Ashley Chesters
ENG
2
68
74
142
CUT
Dean Burmester
RSA
2
69
73
142
CUT
Jason Scrivener
AUS
2
69
73
142
CUT
Martin Kaymer
GER
2
69
73
142
CUT
Robert Rock
ENG
2
68
74
142
CUT
Thomas Detry
BEL
2
67
75
142
CUT
Wade Ormsby
AUS
2
70
72
142
CUT
Andrew Dodt
AUS
3
73
70
143
CUT
Benjamin Rusch
SWE
3
68
75
143
CUT
Chris Hanson
ENG
3
73
70
143
CUT
Haotong Li
CHN
3
72
71
143
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
3
71
72
143
CUT
Nicola Gerhardsen
SUI
3
72
71
143
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
3
73
70
143
CUT
Adam Bland
AUS
4
72
72
144
CUT
Charlie Ford
ENG
4
74
70
144
CUT
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
4
69
75
144
CUT
Gerold Folk
AUT
4
73
71
144
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
4
72
72
144
CUT
Mathias Eggenberger
SUI
4
74
70
144
CUT
Matthew Nixon
ENG
4
71
73
144
CUT
Renato Paratore
ITA
4
74
70
144
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
4
74
70
144
CUT
Thomas Pieters
BEL
4
67
77
144
CUT
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
5
72
73
145
CUT
Bradley Dredge
WAL
5
71
74
145
CUT
Henric Sturehed
SWE
5
71
74
145
CUT
Jeff Winther
SWE
5
70
75
145
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
5
72
73
145
CUT
Matthias Schwab
AUT
5
71
74
145
CUT
Mikko Ilonen
FIN
5
71
74
145
CUT
Paul Waring
ENG
5
71
74
145
CUT
Rak Cho
KOR
5
75
70
145
CUT
Sebastian Heisele
GER
5
73
72
145
CUT
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
6
74
72
146
CUT
Kim Koivu
FIN
6
70
76
146
CUT
Marcus Fraser
AUS
6
75
71
146
CUT
Raphael De Sousa
CHE
6
74
72
146
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
6
77
69
146
CUT
Ryan Evans
ENG
6
74
72
146
CUT
Scott Fernandez
ESP
6
72
74
146
CUT
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
6
71
75
146
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
6
78
68
146
CUT
Luca Galliano
SUI
7
73
74
147
CUT
Marc Warren
SCO
7
71
76
147
CUT
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
8
73
75
148
CUT
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
8
69
79
148
CUT
Jonas Blixt
SWE
8
72
76
148
CUT
Carlos Pigem
ESP
9
77
72
149
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
9
74
75
149
CUT
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
9
75
74
149
CUT
Mathias Groenberg
SWE
9
74
75
149
CUT
Daniel Im
USA
10
72
78
150
CUT
Jason Norris
AUS
10
79
71
150
CUT
Robert Foley
SUI
10
74
76
150
CUT
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
10
75
75
150
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
10
78
72
150
CUT
Pelle Edberg
SWE
11
77
74
151
CUT
John Daly
USA
12
77
75
152
CUT
Marc Dobias
SUI
12
78
74
152
CUT
Zander Lombard
RSA
13
74
79
153
CUT
Cedric Gugler
SUI
15
80
75
155
CUT
Loris Schuepbach
SUI
16
74
82
156
RET
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
Par
69
-
69
RET
Mark Foster
ENG
Par
70
-
70
RET
Sebastien Gros
FRA
Par
84
-
84
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
Total
1
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-9
131
T2
Doug Ghim
USA
-7
133
T2
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-7
133
T2
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-7
133
T5
Danny Willett
ENG
-6
134
T5
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-6
134
T5
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-6
134
T5
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-6
134
T9
Alexander Levy
FRA
-5
135
T9
Ashun Wu
CHI
-5
135
T9
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-5
135
T9
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-5
135
T9
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
-5
135
T9
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-5
135
T9
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-5
135
T16
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
-4
136
T16
Chase Koepka
USA
-4
136
T16
Daniel Brooks
ENG
-4
136
T16
David Drysdale
SCO
-4
136
T16
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-4
136
T16
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-4
136
T16
Richard Sterne
RSA
-4
136
T16
Romain Wattel
FRA
-4
136
T16
Ryan Fox
NZL
-4
136
T25
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-3
137
T25
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-3
137
T25
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-3
137
T25
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-3
137
T25
Justin Walters
RSA
-3
137
T25
Laurie Canter
ENG
-3
137
T25
Lee Westwood
ENG
-3
137
T25
Matt Wallace
ENG
-3
137
T25
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-3
137
T25
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-3
137
T25
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-3
137
T36
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-2
138
T36
Chris Wood
ENG
-2
138
T36
David Lipsky
USA
-2
138
T36
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-2
138
T36
Gavin Green
MAS
-2
138
T36
Josh Geary
NZL
-2
138
T36
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
-2
138
T36
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-2
138
T36
Pedro Oriol
ESP
-2
138
T36
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-2
138
T46
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-1
139
T46
Andres Romero
ARG
-1
139
T46
Austin Connelly
CAN
-1
139
T46
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-1
139
T46
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-1
139
T46
David Horsey
ENG
-1
139
T46
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-1
139
T46
George Coetzee
RSA
-1
139
T46
Gregory Havret
FRA
-1
139
T46
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
-1
139
T46
James Morrison
ENG
-1
139
T46
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-1
139
T46
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-1
139
T46
Lee Slattery
ENG
-1
139
T46
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-1
139
T46
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-1
139
T46
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-1
139
T46
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
-1
139
T46
Ricardo Gonzalez
ARG
-1
139
T46
Richard McEvoy
ENG
-1
139
T46
Ross Fisher
ENG
-1
139
T46
Scott Hend
AUS
-1
139
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
Par
140
CUT
Brett Rumford
AUS
Par
140
CUT
Connor Syme
SCO
Par
140
CUT
David Howell
ENG
Par
140
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
Par
140
CUT
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
Par
140
CUT
Lasse Jensen
DNK
Par
140
CUT
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
Par
140
CUT
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
Par
140
CUT
Oliver Farr
WAL
Par
140
CUT
Oliver Fisher
ENG
Par
140
CUT
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
Par
140
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
1
141
CUT
Andrea Pavan
ITA
1
141
CUT
Bradley Neil
SCO
1
141
CUT
Clement Sordet
FRA
1
141
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
1
141
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
1
141
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
1
141
CUT
Richard Bland
ENG
1
141
CUT
Richie Ramsay
SCO
1
141
CUT
Sam Horsfield
ENG
1
141
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
1
141
CUT
Ashley Chesters
ENG
2
142
CUT
Dean Burmester
RSA
2
142
CUT
Jason Scrivener
AUS
2
142
CUT
Martin Kaymer
GER
2
142
CUT
Robert Rock
ENG
2
142
CUT
Thomas Detry
BEL
2
142
CUT
Wade Ormsby
AUS
2
142
CUT
Andrew Dodt
AUS
3
143
CUT
Benjamin Rusch
SWE
3
143
CUT
Chris Hanson
ENG
3
143
CUT
Haotong Li
CHN
3
143
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
3
143
CUT
Nicola Gerhardsen
SUI
3
143
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
3
143
CUT
Adam Bland
AUS
4
144
CUT
Charlie Ford
ENG
4
144
CUT
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
4
144
CUT
Gerold Folk
AUT
4
144
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
4
144
CUT
Mathias Eggenberger
SUI
4
144
CUT
Matthew Nixon
ENG
4
144
CUT
Renato Paratore
ITA
4
144
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
4
144
CUT
Thomas Pieters
BEL
4
144
CUT
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
5
145
CUT
Bradley Dredge
WAL
5
145
CUT
Henric Sturehed
SWE
5
145
CUT
Jeff Winther
SWE
5
145
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
5
145
CUT
Matthias Schwab
AUT
5
145
CUT
Mikko Ilonen
FIN
5
145
CUT
Paul Waring
ENG
5
145
CUT
Rak Cho
KOR
5
145
CUT
Sebastian Heisele
GER
5
145
CUT
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
6
146
CUT
Kim Koivu
FIN
6
146
CUT
Marcus Fraser
AUS
6
146
CUT
Raphael De Sousa
CHE
6
146
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
6
146
CUT
Ryan Evans
ENG
6
146
CUT
Scott Fernandez
ESP
6
146
CUT
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
6
146
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
6
146
CUT
Luca Galliano
SUI
7
147
CUT
Marc Warren
SCO
7
147
CUT
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
8
148
CUT
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
8
148
CUT
Jonas Blixt
SWE
8
148
CUT
Carlos Pigem
ESP
9
149
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
9
149
CUT
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
9
149
CUT
Mathias Groenberg
SWE
9
149
CUT
Daniel Im
USA
10
150
CUT
Jason Norris
AUS
10
150
CUT
Robert Foley
SUI
10
150
CUT
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
10
150
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
10
150
CUT
Pelle Edberg
SWE
11
151
CUT
John Daly
USA
12
152
CUT
Marc Dobias
SUI
12
152
CUT
Zander Lombard
RSA
13
153
CUT
Cedric Gugler
SUI
15
155
CUT
Loris Schuepbach
SUI
16
156
RET
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
Par
69
RET
Mark Foster
ENG
Par
70
RET
Sebastien Gros
FRA
Par
84