As was the case upon the completion of the primary spherical, Matt Fitzpatrick and Tyrrell Hatton discover themselves alongside one another on the prime of the leaderboard heading into the weekend on the 2022 DP World Tour Championship. Playing within the closing group within the second spherical, the 2 Ryder Cup teammates traded blows round Jumeirah Golf Estates, and finally signed for rounds of 5-under 67 to end their days at 12 below for the event.
While Fitzpatrick was the one to shoot out of the gates on Thursday, it was Hatton’s activate Friday. Connecting on 4 birdies in his opening 5 holes, Hatton shortly opened up a three-stroke lead over his taking part in competitor.
“I’m pretty happy with the score. I got off to another nice start again today,” mentioned Hatton. “Hopefully the putter stays fairly hot and we have a good weekend. There’s still 36 holes to play. I have a fairly good record around here. Matt [Fitzpatrick] has an excellent record around here. But, you know, we’ll enjoy each other’s company tomorrow and hopefully we can keep playing well.”
Struggles and visual disdain ensued for the world No. 29 as three bogeys in his subsequent seven holes allowed Fitzpatrick to claw his method again. The reigning U.S. Open champion reclaimed a share of the lead with a birdie on the par-4 fifteenth, and pushed forward with one other on the next gap. This lead could be short-lived as Hatton transformed a birdie alternative from 20 ft on the par-3 seventeenth earlier than the 2 had been in a position to save par on the closing par-5 18th after struggles off the tee.
“Just got to keep pushing on, just keep playing how I feel like I’m playing right now. I feel really comfortable with where my game is at, particularly after three weeks off, and looking forward to the weekend,” mentioned Fitzpatrick. “I feel like I’ve played two good rounds to start with and put myself in position, and I’ll just keep doing more of the same and see where it gets me come Sunday.”
For their efforts, the Englishmen have grown a three-stroke edge over their nearest pursuers. Former European Ryder Cup member Alex Noren stands at 9 below alongside Adri Arnaus, and a bit additional again a pair massive fish are ready within the shallows. Two-time DP World Tour Championship winner Jon Rahm stands at 8 below after a splendid spherical of 6-under 66 whereas Rory McIlroy is at 5 below courtesy of a quick end.
Round 2 leaderboard, scores
- T1. Matt Fitzpatrick: -12
- T1. Tyrrell Hatton: -12
- T3. Alex Noren: -9
- T3. Adri Arnaus: -9
- T5. Jon Rahm: -8
- T5. Jorge Campillo: -8
- 6. Kurt Kitayama: -7
- T8. Tommy Fleetwood: -6
- T8. Rasmus Hojgaard: -6
- T8. Min Woo Lee: -6
- T11. Rory McIlroy: -5
- T11. Adrian Otaegui: -5
- T11. Richie Ramsay: -5
- T11. Yannik Paul: -5
- T11. Maximilian Kieffer: -5
World No. 1 might have discovered one thing
A birdie-birdie-eagle end propelled McIlroy to a spherical of 4-under 68 in his second spherical and again into rivalry. Playing his first 33 holes in 1 below, the world No. 1 discovered himself as many as 10 strokes again. Now at 5 below, he sits in a tie for eleventh and solely seven adrift. McIlroy is projected to end second within the DP World Tour Ranking after getting into the week within the prime spot given Fitzpatrick’s presence on the prime of the leaderboard.
“[It was] pretty mediocre golf for the first 33 holes, and then something sort of clicked,” mentioned McIlroy of his quick end. “Whatever it is, I need to bottle it for the weekend. It was nice to finish with a flourish there and put myself a little closer to the guys. You never know, that finish here on Friday could be key to something that happens over the next 36 holes.”
DP World Tour Championship up to date odds and picks
Odds through Caesars Sportsbook
- Matt Fitzpatrick: 8/5
- Tyrrell Hatton: 5/2
- Jon Rahm: 5-1
- Rory McIlroy: 12-1
- Alex Noren: 12-1
- Adri Arnaus: 25-1
- Kurt Kitayama: 30-1
- Tommy Fleetwood: 35-1
One member of the English pair is probably going to nab this title, however I am unable to assist however look within the course of Rahm at 5-1. Entering the week as one of many hottest gamers on the earth, the Spaniard was in a position to climb his method again into this event with seven birdies in opposition to just one bogey. Rahm left a pair pictures on the market on Friday and must be in with an opportunity come the ultimate 9 holes on Sunday if he’s in a position to wield the putter in the identical method as his earlier 5 begins.