Japan's Tanihara holds court in European Masters

Japanese golfer Hideto Tanihara, pictured June 2018, is in command in a European Tour event going into the weekend for the first time

Japan's Hideto Tanihara holds a two-shot lead at the midway stage of the European Masters after a bogey-free second round 66 at Crans-sur-Sierre on Friday.

Last year's winner Matthew Fitzpatrick, who matched the lowest round of the week with a 64, has a share of second alongside Dane Lucas Bjerregaard and American Doug Ghim.

Tanihara, in command in a European Tour event going into the weekend for the first time, moved to nine under in the morning.

He is a 14-time winner on the Japan Golf Tour and finished fourth at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and in a tie for third at the PGA Championship.

"My game was very consistent and if my putting was better I would have been able to get higher on the score," he said.

"I was able to play like yesterday. I just want to focus on my putting more and then I will be better.

"There are a lot of great players here and I just want to concentrate on playing my game. Just want to focus and hopefully play two more days like this."