Matt Fitzpatrick (3/1 Italian Open Outright) says he’s “very happy” going into the weekend’s play at the Italian Open but has admitted he lacked consistency at times in his second round.

The reigning US Open champion had to finish the last three holes of his first round on Friday after bad weather interrupted play on Thursday in Rome.

Two birdies and a bogey completed his first round score of 65, before the world number 11 bogeyed the opening hole of his second round and then followed that with five straight birdies at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club.

Finishing with a second round score of 69, the Sheffield star was pleased with his position at that time at the top of the leaderboard but admitted there was work to be done.

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“Pretty inconsistent really,” Fitzpatrick said to sum up his second round.

“I’ve played some really good stuff, (made) some sloppy mistakes which was obviously disappointing but plenty of birdies, which was always a positive. Going into the weekend in the position I’m in, I’m very happy.”

Fitzpatrick finished the day in second place in the standings after a fine second round score of 66 for Rory McIlroy (5/6 Italian Open Outright).

Finishing late in the day, the Northern Irishman birdied two of the last three holes to finish one shot ahead of Fitzpatrick on nine under par.

Englishman Tom Lewis (22/1 Italian Open Outright) is a shot further back in third place, on seven under after a second round score of 65, one clear of France’s Victor Perez (25/1).

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