Fitzpatrick gets a close-up of a putt in round two at the Olgiata ClubItalian Open second-round leaderboard-10 M Fitzpatrick (Eng); -9 J Hansen (Den); -7 G McDowell (NI), R Sabbatini (Svk), A Johnston (Eng), J Rose (Eng), S Sharma (Ind) Selected others: -6 M Wallace (Eng); -4 D Willett (Eng) Missed cut: +1 P Harrington (Ire), S Lowry (Ire), I Poulter (Eng); +2 L Donald (Eng); + 5 P Casey (Eng), F Molinari (Ita); +12 T Bjorn (Den)
Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick took a lead in one stroke in the intermediate phase of the Italian Open in the Olgiata Club.
The 25-year-old world number 31 from Sheffield won the last of its five European titles in September last year.
After opening with a four under 67 in Rome, he collected seven birds in a 65 to get 10 under for the event.
World number five Justin Rose is three shots back, while home favorite Francesco Molinari and Open champion Shane Lowry missed the cut.
Fitzpatrick, sixth in the Race to Dubai rankings, has won at least once a season on the European Tour since his first title in 2015, but has settled for three second places this year, giving him a play off from Andrea Pavan at the BMW Championship in Munich in June.
Rose, 31st in the money list of the European Tour – ending in Dubai on November 24 – started from the 10th and was nine under with two to play, just to make a double bogey and then just make the par five slot.
The cut came at par level, one too much for a group including Lowry, European Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington and Ian Poulter.
Former Open champion Molinari, the world number 11 who won the Italian title in 2006 and 2016, had a double bogey and six other shots in a 76 to finish in five, alongside European Open winner Paul Casey, who suffered a triple bogey eight in the ninth.
Englishman Tyrrell Hatton is in a share of 18th out of five and he overcame a disruption on his backswing on the 11th, which turned out to be his fiancee closing the door on a mobile toilet.
Hatton later joked on Twitter with the hashtags #weddingsoff and #toiletgate.
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