Strong finish puts Danny Willett in contention at Italian Open

Danny Willett
Danny Willett

Four birdies in his final five holes fired Danny Willett into prime contention heading into round three of the Italian Open.

Willett sits tied for 12th on nine under par after two rounds, following his -5 round of 67 on Friday.

The Hackenthorpe golfer started his round with an eagle but flirted with missing the cut after three bogeys on the front nine.

His back nine not only recovered his afternoon, but moved him up the leaderboard as he carded five birdies and four pars.

It was a good day also for Willett’s fellow Sheffield golfer Matt Fitzpatrick who comfortably made the cut with a four under par round of 68.

Starting his round on the tenth, Fitzpatrick gave a couple of shots back before an eagle on the part five 16th.

Three more birdies followed on his back nine and he finished the day tied for 41st on -6 for the tournament.

Swede Jens Fahrbring and Dane Lucas Bjerregaard are tied for the lead on -13 after the day’s two best rounds.

Overnight leader Nicolas Colsaerts – who set a new European Tour record of nine consecutive birdies in his first round – failed to build on his advantage with a two under par round on the second day.