Omega European Masters R2

McIlroy roars into contention in Crans Montana

August 29 – September 01
Crans-sur-Sierre GC, Crans Montana, Switzerland
€2,500,000
Live leaderboard
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Rory McIlroy produced a blistering finish to day two of the Omega European Masters to sit one shot off the lead heading into the weekend at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club.

Omega European Masters R2 - McIlroy roars into contention
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“Going out this afternoon eight shots off the lead, you know there are scores out there but you don’t want to push too hard. Getting myself much closer to the lead going into the weekend was nice.

“I felt like I swung it a bit better today than yesterday. I hit the driver better, definitely hit better iron shots. The confidence that gives you throughout the round to take on that pin on 16 for example. If I hadn’t hit the shots I hit previously, I might have gone a bit left of it.

“I’m excited to give myself another chance to win. Would have been easy for me to take my foot off the gas after last week, but I really wanted to come here and play well. Hopefully two more good days of golf left in me, give myself a chance to win this tournament, which I’ve had a great chance to win before. I would love to add this title to the list.”

Malaysia’s Gavin Green posted a round of 64 from the very first group of the day to set the target at 11 under par, and while nobody could catch him, McIlroy whipped the crowds in Crans Montana into a frenzy as he picked up five shots in his last five holes in a second round 63.


“The atmosphere and views are amazing,” said Green. “In Malaysia we don’t have anything like this. I’ve been here a couple of times now and the views never get old. 

“The altitude is similar to where I went to university in New Mexico, Albuquerque, it’s a few thousand feet too. I’m pretty used to how altitude works. It’s just when it’s cold it gets a little tricky. But adjustments made and it’s been really fun.”

The Northern Irishman came within a whisker of claiming his maiden European Tour victory at this event in 2008, and in his three appearances in the Swiss mountains has never finished lower than seventh. The World Number Two looked right at home from the moment he teed off eight shots behind Green in round two.

The 2017 Race to Dubai winner Tommy Fleetwood is also in the group at ten under par alongside McIlroy, Wade Ormsby of Australia, Austrian Matthias Schwab and Argentina’s Andres Romero – whose round of 61 was the lowest of the week so far.

“I’ve worked on the putting green the last couple of days on my stroke, so it’s just nice to see some roll in,” said Fleetwood. “I feel like we’ve read them well and not given anything away on the greens, which is a massive key to scoring. Hopefully I can keep that up for a couple of days.

“Out here you are playing against 156 of the best players in Europe. Every week there will be ten, 20 guys at least playing really well. To make the cut these days you’ve got to play really well. And then there’s the guys who are playing really, really well. 72 holes is a long time to keep concentration.

“When you tap in on the first on Thursday morning it’s equally as important as when you finish on Sunday. It’s just nice to keep putting myself in positions and hopefully I’ll start winning more. Maybe that will start this week.”

Italian Lorenzo Gagli and Hideto Tanihara of Japan are two shots further back at eight under par, a shot clear of 55-year-old 2010 champion Miguel Ángel Jiménez, his fellow Spaniard Adri Arnaus and another Italian in Renato Paratore.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Gavin Green
MAS
-11
65
64
129
T2
Andres Romero
ARG
-10
69
61
130
T2
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-10
65
65
130
T2
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-10
66
64
130
T2
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-10
63
67
130
T2
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-10
67
63
130
T7
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-8
66
66
132
T7
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-8
64
68
132
T9
Renato Paratore
ITA
-7
67
66
133
T9
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-7
66
67
133
T9
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
-7
67
66
133
T12
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-6
66
68
134
T12
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-6
66
68
134
T12
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-6
65
69
134
T12
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-6
64
70
134
T12
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-6
67
67
134
T12
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-6
67
67
134
T12
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
-6
64
70
134
T12
James Morrison
ENG
-6
67
67
134
T20
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-5
67
68
135
T20
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-5
70
65
135
T20
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-5
63
72
135
T20
Wilco Nienaber
RSA
-5
72
63
135
T20
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-5
70
65
135
T20
Sean Crocker
USA
-5
68
67
135
T20
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-5
66
69
135
T20
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-5
66
69
135
T20
David Drysdale
SCO
-5
65
70
135
T29
Lee Slattery
ENG
-4
66
70
136
T29
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
-4
71
65
136
T29
Max Schmitt
GER
-4
68
68
136
T29
David Horsey
ENG
-4
69
67
136
T29
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-4
70
66
136
T29
Sam Brazel
AUS
-4
67
69
136
T29
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-4
66
70
136
T36
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-3
65
72
137
T36
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
-3
67
70
137
T36
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-3
67
70
137
T36
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-3
70
67
137
T36
Oliver Wilson
ENG
-3
68
69
137
T36
Grant Forrest
SCO
-3
69
68
137
T36
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-3
70
67
137
T36
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
-3
70
67
137
T36
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-3
68
69
137
T36
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-3
66
71
137
T36
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-3
69
68
137
T36
Joost Luiten
NED
-3
69
68
137
T48
Clement Sordet
FRA
-2
68
70
138
T48
Chris Wood
ENG
-2
67
71
138
T48
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-2
69
69
138
T48
Ross Fisher
ENG
-2
68
70
138
T48
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-2
69
69
138
T48
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
-2
69
69
138
T48
Liam Johnston
SCO
-2
69
69
138
T48
Troy Merritt
USA
-2
67
71
138
T48
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-2
70
68
138
T48
Zander Lombard
RSA
-2
71
67
138
T58
Romain Langasque
FRA
-1
72
67
139
T58
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-1
70
69
139
T58
Chris Paisley
ENG
-1
70
69
139
T58
David Howell
ENG
-1
69
70
139
T58
Thomas Detry
BEL
-1
68
71
139
T58
Daniel Gavins
ENG
-1
72
67
139
T58
Eduardo De La Riva
ESP
-1
68
71
139
T58
Giovanni Manzoni
ITA
-1
70
69
139
T58
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-1
73
66
139
T58
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-1
67
72
139
T58
Stuart Manley
WAL
-1
70
69
139
T58
Lee Westwood
ENG
-1
67
72
139
T58
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-1
68
71
139
T58
Deyen Lawson
AUS
-1
69
70
139
T58
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-1
65
74
139
T58
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
-1
68
71
139
T58
Richard Sterne
RSA
-1
69
70
139
T58
Jens Dantorp
SWE
-1
69
70
139
T58
Nick Cullen
AUS
-1
70
69
139
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
Par
69
71
140
CUT
Alexander Noren
SWE
Par
69
71
140
CUT
Andy Sullivan
ENG
Par
74
66
140
CUT
Ashun Wu
CHI
Par
71
69
140
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
Par
73
67
140
CUT
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
Par
71
69
140
CUT
Danny Willett
ENG
Par
69
71
140
CUT
Hugo Leon
CHI
Par
72
68
140
CUT
Louis De Jager
RSA
Par
69
71
140
CUT
Luke Donald
ENG
Par
67
73
140
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
Par
68
72
140
CUT
Per Laengfors
SWE
Par
68
72
140
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
Par
71
69
140
CUT
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
Par
72
68
140
CUT
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
Par
75
65
140
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
1
71
70
141
CUT
Benjamin Rusch
SWE
1
73
68
141
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
1
68
73
141
CUT
Jake McLeod
AUS
1
70
71
141
CUT
Jason Scrivener
AUS
1
67
74
141
CUT
Kurt Kitayama
USA
1
69
72
141
CUT
Oliver Fisher
ENG
1
70
71
141
CUT
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
1
68
73
141
CUT
Raphael De Sousa
CHE
1
70
71
141
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
1
70
71
141
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
1
74
67
141
CUT
Victor Perez
FRA
1
69
72
141
CUT
Ben Evans
ENG
2
70
72
142
CUT
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
2
70
72
142
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
2
66
76
142
CUT
Joel Girrbach
SWE
2
71
71
142
CUT
Jorge Campillo
ESP
2
72
70
142
CUT
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
2
75
67
142
CUT
Mathias Eggenberger
SUI
2
70
72
142
CUT
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
2
71
71
142
CUT
Niklas Lemke
SWE
2
73
69
142
CUT
Ronan Kleu
SWI
2
72
70
142
CUT
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
2
70
72
142
CUT
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
2
71
71
142
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
3
69
74
143
CUT
Dean Burmester
RSA
3
69
74
143
CUT
Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra
ESP
3
69
74
143
CUT
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
3
73
70
143
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
3
70
73
143
CUT
Jordan Smith
ENG
3
72
71
143
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
3
71
72
143
CUT
Kim Koivu
FIN
3
75
68
143
CUT
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
3
70
73
143
CUT
Ryan Fox
NZL
3
68
75
143
CUT
Sihwan Kim
KOR
3
69
74
143
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
4
72
72
144
CUT
Nacho Elvira
ESP
4
75
69
144
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
4
76
68
144
CUT
Padraig Harrington
IRL
4
71
73
144
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
4
71
73
144
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
4
71
73
144
CUT
Julian Suri
USA
5
72
73
145
CUT
Matt Wallace
ENG
5
71
74
145
CUT
Nicola Gerhardsen
SUI
5
72
73
145
CUT
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
5
73
72
145
CUT
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
5
70
75
145
CUT
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
7
73
74
147
CUT
Anton Karlsson
SWE
7
75
72
147
CUT
Brandon Stone
RSA
7
71
76
147
CUT
Gregory Molteni
ITA
7
71
76
147
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
7
75
72
147
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
7
73
74
147
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
7
76
71
147
CUT
Brett Rumford
AUS
8
74
74
148
CUT
David Law
SCO
8
71
77
148
CUT
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
8
73
75
148
CUT
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
8
76
72
148
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
9
73
76
149
CUT
Matthew Southgate
ENG
9
73
76
149
CUT
Trevor Immelman
RSA
9
78
71
149
CUT
David Borda
ESP
10
72
78
150
CUT
Loris Schuepbach
SUI
11
75
76
151
CUT
Scott Hend
AUS
12
75
77
152
CUT
Alessandro Noseda
SWI
18
83
75
158
DSQ
Marc Warren
SCO
Par
0