HONG KONG — U.S. Masters champion Danny Willett roared back to form at the Hong Kong Open Friday after hitting a four-under par 66 in the second round to challenge for the leadership at the halfway stage. The Englishman admitted he was relieved with his performance in the opening tournament of the 2017 European Tour, following an end-of-season slump that saw him drop out of the top 10 world rankings.
After shooting a two under in the first round he moved up the leaderboard Friday despite starting with a bogey, hitting a series of birdies. “It’s nice to be in this position after the last few months,” Willett said.
The 29-year-old has also been struggling with a bad back, which saw him pull out of the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne last month.
He also missed the British Masters in October with the injury.