After two rounds, Denmark's Thomas Bjorn and Scotland's Stephen Gallacher sit atop the leaderboard of the 2013 Omega European Masters. The Swiss tournament has produced some thrilling golf so far, as well as a fair few surprises—the biggest of which are listed below.
Anirban Lahiri's Round 1 Masterclass
Anirban Lahiri was something of a dark horse going into this tournament. Although he has three wins on the Asian Tour, his best result in a major tournament was finishing tied for 31st at the 2012 Open Championship.
In direct contrast to this underwhelming resume, Lahiri shot out of the gates on Day 1 and produced some spectacular golf to finish the round on an eight-under 63.
Although he was unable to replicate this on his second round and looked out of rhythm as he struggled to hit the fairways, he nevertheless sits two shots off the pace in eighth place.
Miguel Angel Jimenez's Comments
When 13-year-old Chinese prodigy Ye Wo-cheng was granted a sponsor's exemption to compete in this year's tournament, the 48-year-old Jimenez wasted no time in getting his name out attached to a quote denouncing the decision.
Via Golf Digest, Jimenez's comments seemed also to question Ye's parents:
No doubt the sponsor wants publicity for the tournament but then it seems you have to go looking for under-age players to promote yourself. I'm sorry, this should not be allowed.
They should not be pushing kids his age too hard as it could have a disastrous effect on their careers. I hope he enjoys himself this week but then I saw him hitting practice balls this morning and he looked very nervous, and he should not be in that position.
Jimenez's argument certainly has merit, but the experience will be valuable for Ye and could also help him reach new heights as he develops. For the record, Ye missed the cut with rounds of 78 and 76.
The Leaderboard Itself
One of the main reasons the tournament has been so interesting this year is the bunched nature of the leaderboard. After Lahiri set the pace with his opening round, the rest of the field responded, and it was completely open as to who would finish the second day at the top of the pile.
The leaderboard was in a constant state of flux, and the battle for supremacy saw several names take up brief residence in first place before Bjorn and Gallacher eventually shared the spoils at 10 under.
A shot below them sat Jimieez, Englishmen Tommy Fleetwood, Richard Finch and Danny Willett, along with Frenchman Victor Dubuisson.
The stage was set for an enthralling weekend.