Danny Willett was delighted to be back to full fitness and contending at the top of leaderboards again after firing a second-round 65 at the Turkish Airlines Open.
The Englishman has been very candid about his lack of form and fitness since winning the Masters Tournament in 2016, a season when he finished 68th at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort.
He did not make the field in Antalya 12 months ago but he already has two Rolex Series top tens under his belt this campaign and with his injury problems behind him, heads into the weekend just two shots off the lead.
“When I came here two years ago, I'm not sure how interested in playing golf I was,” he said.
“It's nice that we're back and I'd say rejuvenated. The body is in the best place it's been in probably five or six years now and the golf game is going along with it and following that trend.
“We're moving really well and waking up in the mornings in the game and everything is good, no painkillers. It's a nice place to be, regardless of where the golf was or is. It took a little longer than I wanted it to but it's getting there now.
“It's always nice to know that you're playing good golf in practice and take it from the range or the practice area and implement it a bit more on the golf course. We're hitting good shots in practice and the movements are good and everything is going okay.”
Another man enjoying something of a renaissance is Tom Lewis, who fired the lowest round of the week so far with a 63 to sit alongside Willett at ten under.
The Englishman started his season on the Challenge Tour and won the Bridgestone Challenge before following that with a European Tour win at the Portugal Masters two weeks later.
He has five consecutive top tens across both circuits since September and credited his round on Friday to his putting.
“I had a couple of weeks off and just that sharpness left me yesterday, a bit of indecision, but today I felt more comfortable,” he said. “I let my swing go a little bit more and I holed a lot of great putts. I holed many long ones and missed a few short ones.
“I'm happy with what I've done. It's been a long time coming but I've been patient with it and I've played great golf. I've probably played better golf early in the year but I didn't get the results. Today I seemed to just play well and score well and that's what I've done over the summer.”
Dane Thorbjørn Olesen completed the group in second behind Justin Rose as he and his Ryder Cup team-mate both look to become multiple Rolex Series event winners.
The 2016 champion was bogey-free through 35 holes before a three-putt on the last and is happy with the way he is playing.
“I know I've performed well in the past here,” he said. “I'll try to draw from that and hopefully I can keep playing well. If I can keep from making bogeys or worse, I think I'll have a pretty good chance.
“There's a lot of birdie chances out there but you make it a lot easier for yourself if you don't make any bogeys. I did that pretty well today.”