McIlroy’s incredible finish
Rory McIlroy brings the organizers of the Omega European Masters in Crans-Montana more than happiness. The superstar is just one stroke behind the top of the field for the weekend.
The top is held by the Malaysian Gavin Green. The chances the four-time Major Tournament winner McIlroy winning the tournament on the high plateau for the first time since 2008 are even better.
At the end of the second round, the 30-year-old showed off an incredible accomplishment. Within four holes, he played three birdies and one eagle, reducing the gap from six strokes to one.
For the tournament organizers, a record number of spectators (so far 55,000 in 2015) was already apparent in Friday's projection. With McIlroy and Sergio Garcia aiming for victory, the record is set to improve significantly. The 2017 US Masters winner Garcia is four shots behind McIlroy. One stroke ahead of Garcia is Miguel Angel Jimenez, the crowd's favourite at the Swiss tournament.
Last year's winner Matthew Fitzpatrick qualified for the final rounds. The Englishman is nine strokes behind but has no realistic chance of winning the tournament for the third time in a row.
As in 2018, the appearances of the Swiss became a sheer disaster. Once again, none of the four professionals playing the tournament survived the cut. Raphaël de Sousa missed an excellent opportunity to reach the final rounds for the first time, after twelve participations. After taking a high risk after a missed tee shot, he collapsed on the eighth hole of his round, losing with a triple bogey. He missed the cut by two strokes. Only in 2012, 2014 and 2018 were the best Swiss professional ranked worse than De Sousa.