The real pity is that you don't always play like this. Because when Guido Migliozzi is in the mood no one can keep up with him. And on Friday he experienced one of those magical moments in which everything comes easy for him: at the Omega European Masters underway in Crans Montana, the Vicenza native achieved the best score of the day, nine strokes under par, in a bogey free round which it allowed him to recover dozens of positions after the disappointing first day closed at +2.
The total score (-7) guarantees him thirteenth place and an excellent starting point for the weekend. Renato Paratore was also extraordinary (-6 during the day for a total -9: fifth). The Roman confirmed the form seen on Thursday and nothing prevents the two Italians from dreaming big given that the top of the standings is not far away.
In the lead is a phenomenon that we will certainly see in the Ryder Cup in Rome from 29 September to 1 October: Matt Fitzpatrick, solitary leader at -12. Just behind him is the Swede Alexander Björk (-11) while his little brother Alex is in third position.
The Fitzpatricks, who arrived here in Switzerland to cheer on the two boys, were particularly happy. Matt is aiming for the hat-trick having already won this tournament in 2017 and 2018. Yesterday six birdies and a bogey for him.
Alex, 24, turned professional for a year, is trying to emulate his older brother's career and his first steps on the circuit are really encouraging: yesterday he delivered a clean card with 5 birdies and no bogey. Final with the handbrake on for Adrian Meronk.
The Pole who won the Italian Open at the Marco Simone this year kept pace with Migliozzi up to the 16th hole, but ruined the score with a bogey on the 17th and even a double bogey on the 18th. day places him in fifth position at -9 next to Paratore.
Speaking of Ryder: if the tournament ends on Sunday evening with Fitzpatrick in the top positions, the Englishman would gain automatic access to the European squad. At that point the players certain to be in Rome either because they are already arithmetically qualified (Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Viktor Hovland, Tyrrell Hatton and precisely Fitzpatrick) or because they are sure of a call (Tommy Fleetwood, Shane Lowry, Sepp Straka, Justin Rose) it would be nine.
Plus an automatic one for the points of the DpWorld races (Meronk?). Dud places would remain and all those who have a hope of being called by Captain Luke Donald - who will announce his choices on Monday - have come here to Switzerland.
We have already said about Meronk, among others, not all of them have played their cards well: in fact, Rasmus Hojgaard and Victor Perez have already come out on the cut. Just inside Robert MacIntyre and Matt Wallace. On the other hand, Ludvig Aberg (fifth at -9) and Nicolai Hojgaard (eighth at -8) did well.
A little more in difficulty Yannik Paul (34th at -6). The third Italian in the race, Edoardo Molinari, did not pass the cut.
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