There's an old adage that mistakes are there to be learned from, and in no sport is that more pertinent than golf.
Thursday brought the beginning of this year’s Omega European Masters, and with it the customary offering of pros not quite performing to specification.
In Day 2’s action, some of those in action at Golf-Club Crans-sur-Sierre in Switzerland have shown the ability to bounce back from their early stutters, discussed below, while the likes of Jamie Donaldson, Alvaro Quiros and Peter Lawrie have continued down the same slippery slope.
The following stars have all taken note of where they came up short on Day 1, reacting much better to their alpine surroundings in time for the weekend tests.
Although the Thai native managed to hit five birdies on his Thursday outing, Kiradech Aphibarnrat was still only able to muster an opening-round score of 71.
This was largely due to the two double bogeys to which the 24-year-old fell victim on his closing nine holes—actually conceded on the front half of the course after Aphibarnrat teed off at the ninth.
Friday’s trials were far kinder to Aphibarnrat, who this time birdied the fourth and parred the eighth— the two scourges of his first 18. The former Junior World Golf champion posted a three-under 68 to carry improved form into the weekend.
Another performer whose first day in the Alps was somewhat of a mixed bag, Gonzalo Fdez-Castano managed to overcome four bogeys on Thursday to still shoot an overall round of 70.
Clearly not afraid to play outside the comfort zone and really chase a lead, the Spaniard kept up the more exciting aspects of his play on Friday.
However, what was most impressive on Day 2 was Fdez-Castano’s recovery, bogeying two of his first three holes but recovering brilliantly to par nine of 15 holes after that.
Not only that, but the 32-year-old sprinkled four birdies over his back nine despite struggling slightly with the driver to push himself into top-10 contention.
Following a great recovery on Day 2, Danny Willett now finds himself vying for the top spot in the European Masters standings. This is especially surprising when one considers that the Englishman had only managed to shoot a round of 69 on Day 1 on a course where some players were recording very low scores.
However, not one bogey was recorded by Willett on Friday, and the 25-year-old was actually able to knock in five birdies and an eagle, making for a Day 2 score of seven-under.
The shorter par threes still appear to be giving Willett some hassle, but some fine approach play appears to have opened up the possibility of a trophy for a player clearly enjoying the longer aspects of Crans-sur-Sierre.