Switzerland: India's Anirban Lahiri made up for his disappointing start by returning with a three-under 67 in the second round of the €2.3 million (approximately US$3 million) European Masters on Friday.
Despite opening his Swiss campaign with a 70 where he would languish in a share of 73rd place after day one, Lahiri showed character by plotting his way back to reduce his deficit from the leaders.
"It's a much improved performance from me today. I made a few more six footers for par today which I didn't manage to do at all yesterday. I'm playing well but it's a little patchy.
"Yesterday, I played really well the first 10 holes but lost my focus in the middle. It's back to playing tournament golf now with lots of tournaments coming up. So it's just getting back into the rhythm," said Lahiri.
Lahiri's only blemish came at the par-five nine where he three-putted for bogey. The 27-year-old would however make up for that with birdies on holes three, five, six and 15 to sign for a two-day total of three-under-par 137 at the Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club.
"I'm happy with how I'm playing and the scores will get better as I keep playing. It's nice to be playing in the weekend.
But I'm playing well enough to do well and not just play during the weekend. I'm definitely feeling confident about how I'm hitting the ball and so we'll see how it goes," said Lahiri.
With a solid finish at the Omega European Masters in mind, the Order of Merit leader is now hoping the unpredictable weather patterns will be in his favour as he tees up during the weekend.
"We've been really lucky this year. Even though it rained, the temperatures are still above 10 degrees. I remember playing in similar conditions in the rain where the temperatures were about four to five degrees and it becomes very difficult when it's that cold. Hopefully it holds up through the weekend," said Lahiri.
The European Masters is the only tournament on European soil to be jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour since 2009 and marks the start of the second half of the Asian Tour season.