Fitzpatrick top at halfway stage in Italy
Matthew Fitzpatrick was pleased with his "solid" second round after shooting a 65 to move to the top of the Italian Open leaderboard.
The Englishman was in terrific form at Olgiata Golf Club and managed seven birdies and just one bogey to surpass earlier clubhouse leader Joachim B. Hansen by one shot at the halfway stage.
Afterwards, the world number 31 admitted he was delighted with his performance and is looking forward to the weekend's action with plenty of confidence.
"Just a really, really solid day," he was quoted as saying on the European Tour website. "I figured out something with my irons after the second hole. I just felt much more comfortable with my irons once I was out there. That certainly showed. I only missed one green after that.
"When you're in these kind of positions, it's always exciting. That's why you play the game, and look forward to the weekend."
Some big names are tied for third on -7 with Justin Rose, Shubhankar Sharma, Graeme McDowell, Andrew Johnston and Rory Sabatini all three shots off the lead, while 10 players are on -6, including Bernd Wiesberger and Matt Wallace.
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