2018 Irish Open Day Two

It's the second day at Ballyliffin and Rory McIlroy is among the early starters

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  • 10:34
    Hello and welcome to the Irish Times Irish Open golf live blog. It's another stunning day at Ballyliffin Golf Club with barely a breath of wind caresssing the Glashedy links. Padraig Harrington leads the Irish challenge on four under, Rory McIlroy was two behind starting the day but he's just dropped a shot on the 16th hole, having teed off on the 10th, in his second round.    
  • 10:35

    Right we'll play a little catch-up. Here are today's tee times. Irish players in bold.


    FRIDAY


    1ST TEE


    MORNING


    07:30
     Daniel Brooks, Sébastien Gros (Fra),  Cormac Sharvin
    07:40
     Oliver Farr, Jeff Winther (Den),  Neil O’Briain
    07:50
     Richard Bland, Andrew Dodt (Aus), Joakim Lagergren (Swe)
    08:00  Andres Romero (Arg), Grégory Bourdy (Fra), Jeunghun Wang (Kor)
    08:10  Romain Wattel (Fra), Lasse Jensen (Den), Chris Paisley
    08:20  Matthew Nixon, Darren Fichardt (Rsa), Nacho Elvira (Esp)
    08:30  Thomas Aiken (Rsa), Bradley Dredge, Matteo Manassero (Ita)
    08:40  Daniel Im (USA), Trevor Immelman (Rsa), Justin Walters (Rsa)
    08:50  Connor Syme, Adam Bland (Aus), Callum Shinkwin
    09:00  Clément Sordet (Fra), Sam Brazel (Aus),  Colm Moriarty
    09:10
     Rak hyun Cho (Kor), Christiaan Bezuidenhout (Rsa), Haydn Porteous (Rsa)
    09:20  Chase Koepka (USA), Matthias Schwab (Aut), Julien Guerrier (Fra)
    09:30  Lorenzo Gagli (Ita), Maximilian Kieffer (Ger), Aaron Rai

    AFTERNOON


    12:30
     Ryan Evans, Fabrizio Zanotti (Par), Marcus Kinhult (Swe)
    12:40  Scott Jamieson, Brett Rumford (Aus), Matthew Southgate
    12:50  Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel), Ryan Fox (Nzl), Jorge Campillo (Esp)
    13:00  Yusaku Miyazato (Jpn), Mikko Ilonen (Fin), Adrian Otaegui (Esp)
    13:10  Mikko Korhonen (Fin), Dylan Frittelli (Rsa), Andy Sullivan
    13:20  Graeme McDowell, Jon Rahm (Esp), Rafa Cabrera Bello (Esp)
    13:30  Pádraig Harrington, Chris Wood, Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha)
    13:40  Jamie Donaldson, Eddie Pepperell, Lucas Bjerregaard (Den)
    13:50  Søren Kjeldsen (Den), Jordan Smith, Shubhankar Sharma (Ind)
    14:00  Carlos Pigem (Esp), Tapio Pulkkanen (Fin), Jinho Choi (Kor)
    14:10  Edoardo Molinari (Ita), Erik Van Rooyen (Rsa), Alvaro Quiros (Esp)
    14:20  Bradley Neil,  Cian McNamara,  Simon Thornton
    14:30
     Gavin Green (Mas), David Lipsky (USA), Mike Lorenzo-Vera (Fra)

  • 10:37

    Tee times starting on the 10th.


    10TH TEE


    MORNING


    07:30
     Marcel Siem (Ger), Paul Waring, Richard Sterne (Rsa)
    07:40  Pablo Larrazábal (Esp), Thomas Detry (Bel), Lee Slattery
    07:50  Austin Connelly (Can), Dean Burmester (RSA),  Gavin Moynihan
    08:00
     Peter Uihlein (USA), Julian Suri (USA), Haotong Li (Chn)
    08:10  Paul Dunne, Alexander Levy (Fra), Matt Wallace
    08:20  Matthew Fitzpatrick, Thorbjørn Olesen (Den),  Rory McIlroy
    08:30
     Shane Lowry, Lee Westwood, Thomas Pieters (Bel)
    08:40  Robert Karlsson (Swe), Russell Knox, Alexander Björk (Swe)
    08:50  Darren Clarke, Thomas Bjørn (Den), Danny Willett
    09:00  David Howell, Thongchai Jaidee (Tha),  Paul McGinley
    09:10
     SSP Chawrasia (Ind), Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño (Esp), George Coetzee (Rsa)
    09:20  Scott Fernandez (Esp), Richie Ramsay, Hideto Tanihara (Jpn)
    09:30  Zander Lombard (Rsa), Felipe Aguilar (Chi), Raphaël Jacquelin (Fra)

    AFTERNOON


    12:30
     Mark Foster, Pedro Oriol (Esp), Ashun Wu (Chn)
    12:40  David Drysdale, Jens Dantorp (Swe), James Morrison
    12:50  Chris Hanson, Grégory Havret (Fra), Henric Sturehed (Swe)
    13:00  Adrien Saddier (Fra), Phachara Khongwatmai (Tha), Ashley Chesters  13:10  Matthew Baldwin, Andrea Pavan (Ita), Benjamin Hebert (Fra)
    13:20  Laurie Canter, David Horsey, Robert Rock
    13:30  Stephen Gallacher, Jason Scrivener (Aus), Oliver Fisher
    13:40  Marcus Fraser (Aus), Steven Brown, Nino Bertasio (Ita)
    13:50  Peter Hanson (Swe), Matthieu Pavon (Fra), Scott Hend (Aus)
    14:00  Soomin Lee (Kor), Brandon Stone (Rsa), Jacques Kruyswijk (Rsa)
    14:10  Ricardo Gouveia (Por), Sam Horsfield, Wade Ormsby (Aus)
    14:20  Nico Geyger (Chi), Renato Paratore (Ita), Charlie Ford (Eng)
    14:30  Ruaidhrí McGee, Jason Norris (Aus), Marc Warren

     

  • 10:37
    Time for a bit of early morning car envy.
  • 10:37
  • 10:39
    The good news is that McIlroy (-2) has picked up a birdie at the par five, 17th, his eagle putt coming to rest within tap-in distance.  
  • 10:40
  • 10:46

    Catching McIlroy (-2) live, he watches his birdie putt on 18 horseshoe out, puts his hand over his eyes and just stares at the golf ball. He approaches the ball gingergly and strikes his one and a half inch par putt, one-handed. His putting proved something of a nemesis yesterday but there was nothing wrong with that roll; he was just unlucky.

     

  • 10:49
    Shane Lowry (-1) birdies the par five 17th, his second in his opening eight holes with a single bogey.  
  • 10:50
    Some people might thing that being a golf correspondent is all brandy and cigars on the verrandah but the Irish Times Philip Reid is the Bear Grylls of his profession.  
  • 10:50
  • 10:51
    For those of you with a nervous disposition look away. This is McIlroy's birdie putt on the 18th.  
  • 10:51
  • 10:55
    McIloy (-2) missed the first fairway, his 10th hole, but draws a great lie in the rough and maximises his good fortune with a superb approach to about 12 feet.  
  • 11:02

    IRISH LEADERBOARD (for those now on course)



    -2: Rory McIlroy (10)


    -1: Shane Lowry (9)


    Level: Paul Dunne (10)


    + 1: Gavin Moynihan (11 holes)


    +2 Paul McGinley (7 holes), Cormac Sharvin (13 holes)


    + 4: Darren Clarke (7)


    + 5: Colm Moriarty (7 holes)


    + 7: Neil O’Briain (12 holes)

  • 11:05

    Overnight leader Ryan Fox (67) has been joined at the top of the leaderboard on five under by Sweden's Joakim Lagergren (12) and 2016 US Masters champion Danny Willett (seven holes).


    Fox is the son of former All Black icon Grant Fox.    

  • 11:06
    Lowry (level) bogfeys the 18th; that's two birdies, two bogeys en route to the turn, having started on the 10th tee.  
  • 11:07
    The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open has a new leader after Willett birdies the par five, 17th. He is now six under.  
  • 11:12

    Here are some Ryan Fox stats from yesterday's first round.


    0  - 18-hole leads before on the European Tour for the New Zealander. He has had five worldwide on other Tours, going on to win once at Le Vaudreuil on the Challenge Tour in 2015.



    9  - Only Alex Levy, Paul Dunne, and Andy Sullivan (10 for 11) have made more Rolex Series cuts than Ryan Fox (9 for 11). Avoiding a reversal of fortunes on Friday would give him 10 for 12.



    5  - Fox's all round game was on point on Thursday, ranking third in Strokes Gained Driving (+2.3 SG), fourth in Stroke Gained Around the Green (+1.9 SG), fifth in driving distance (322 yards) and third in scrambling (5/6). His success also came despite hitting only five of 15 fairways (tied 44th)
     

  • 11:15
    Dunne (+1) bogeys the second, his 11th, and much like the conditions at Ballyliffin his momentum is becalmed; two birdies and two bogeys.  
  • 11:16
    Sweden's Lagergren (-6) joins Willett at the top of the leaderboard.  
  • 11:22
    McIlroy (-2) continued to give himself birdie chances on the first and second greens without success. Yesterday he was  +7.5  Stroke's Gained tee to green but just two players  Fitzpatrick and Oriol mades less strokes gained putting than McIlroy.  
     
     
  • 11:23
  • 11:25
    Back-to-back birdies for Lagergren on the 13th and 14th takes him into the outright lead on seven under.  
  • 11:31
    Some Lagergren facts. He's Swedish, 26-years-old, previously won a Challenge Tour event in Ireland, the 2014 Northern Ireland Open and this season won his maiden tournament on the European Tour in claiming the Sicilian Open in a playoff. He's five foot nine and a three course meal under 10-stone.      
  • 11:31
  • 11:33
  • 11:36
    McIlroy (-2) spanks a drive down down the par five, fourth hole, his 13th. He'll have a mid-iron for his second. His golf from tee to green has been majestic, a wonderful example of pure ball striking.  
  • 11:42
    McIlroy (-2) had just 144 yards for his second shot to the par five, fourth and will have an nine foot eagle chance.    
  • 11:44

    IRISH LEADERBOARD (on course now)




    -2: Rory McIlroy (12)


    Level: Shane Lowry (11)


    + 1: Paul Dunne (12), Paul McGinley (9)


    +2 Gavin Moynihan (14)


    +3: Cormac Sharvin (16)


    + 4: Darren Clarke (10)


    + 5: Colm Moriarty (10)


    + 6: Neil O’Briain (15)



  • 11:47
    McIlroy (-3) watches his eagle putt slip under the hole but taps in for a birdie. His drive and approach deserved to be embellished by a single putt.  
  • 11:49
    Lowry (level) holes a decent six-footer for par at the third, his 12th.  
  • 11:56
  • 11:57
    Lagergren drops a shot on the 15th and falls into a two-way tie for the lead with Danny Willett on six under.  
  • 11:59
    McIlroy (-2) puts his tee shot in a greenside bunker on the fifth, hits the lip and watches the ball return to its sandy grave and then, with his third shot, escape to two and half feet. It should be a bogey.....and it is. Birdies the fourth, bogeys the fifth, he's level par for today's round.  
  • 12:01
    Lowry (-1) back into red figures for the tournament with a birdie on the par five, fourth.  
  • 12:02
    Peter Uihlein (-5) moves to one behind with a birdie at the sixth, his 15th.  
  • 12:04
    Lowry's (-1) tee shot on the par three, fifth is a thing of beauty. He'll have six feet for birdie.  
  • 12:12
    The projected cut is level par.  
  • 12:13
    Lowry (-1) fails to convert that birdie chance on the fifth.  
  • 12:17
    McIlroy (-2) finds the fairway with an iron off the sixth tee and from 114 yards, his wedge comes to rest seven feet from the hole. For his sanity you'd like to see him knock this birdie putt in. His ball striking tee to green is probably worthy of shooting a 65 or 66.
  • 12:19
    Lee Westwood (-5) is in a tie for third place, one under for today's round through 14 holes.    
  • 12:20
    BIRDIE: McIlroy (-3) rolls in his birdie putt. His three behind joint leaders Lagergren and Willett.    
  • 12:26
    McIlroy's (-3) tee shot on the par three seventh, comes to rest 18 feet from the hole.  
  • 12:33

    IRISH LEADERBOARD (on course now)




    -3: Rory McIlroy (16)


    -1: Shane Lowry (15)


    + 1: Paul Dunne (16)


    +2 Gavin Moynihan (73, 73)


    +3: Cormac Sharvin (73, 74)


    +4: Paul McGinley (12)


    + 5: Colm Moriarty (12), Darren Clarke (13)


    + 8: Neil O’Briain (78, 74)



  • 12:37
    Lagergren (-7) and Willett (-7) take advantages of a couple of par fives, the 17th and the fourth respectively to ease further ahead.  
  • 12:38
    American Julien Suri (-2) is six under for his second round with one hole to play.  
  • 12:41
    Willett (-5) endures some bunker woes at the par three, fifth and ends up with a double bogey. That's 2-0 to course designer Pat Ruddy in the last half an hour or so as McIlroy and Willett both misjudged their escape shots from the greenside trap.
  • 12:47
    It's a round of two halves so far for Belgium's Thomas Pieters. Starting on the 10th, he turned in three over, 40 shots including a triple bogey seven on the 18th but birdies on the third, fourth, fifth and sixth took him back to one under for his round and level par for the tournament.  
  • 12:48
    McIlroy (-2) finds the rough with his drive on eighth, gets a free drop from beside a camera tower after his second careers through the green. thins his chip from a horrible lie and ends up with a bogey.
  • 12:50

    Lowry (-1) holes a slippy five footer for par on the seventh.  


    Lagergren (-7) signs for a 68 to go with an opening 69 and the Sicilian Open winner has a two shot lead.  

  • 12:50
  • 12:51
    Peter Uihlein (70, 70) bogeys the ninth, his 18th.  
  • 12:56
    McIlroy (-2) takes an iron off the ninth tee, completing his swing one-handed as the ball flies right into the heavy rough.  
  • 12:58
    Willett (-6) birdies the sixth to claim back one of the two shots he dropped at the fifth. He's one behind leader, Lagergren.    
  • 13:01
    McIlroy (-2) compounds his errant tee shot on nine with an even worse second that once again finds long grass.    
  • 13:04
    Great recovery from McIlroy (-2) although he'll have about six-feet for his par, not his favourite distance today.  
  • 13:10
    McIlroy (70, 73) can't hole his par putt. It's been a massively frustrating day again on the greens and that coupled with a couple of untidy shots in the latter part of his round saw him finish bogey, bogey. His ball striking for the most part was superb. He's only six shots back as things stand but unless he finds his touch on the greens, he won't bridge that gap on the scoreboard.    
  • 13:11
    Lowry (-1) safely on board the ninth green in regulation and will have about 18 feet for a closing birdie.  
  • 13:14
  • 13:17
    Lowry (-2) rolls in that birdie putt on the ninth, his 18th. An excellent effort and he sits nicely on two under for the tournament after rounds of 72, 70.  
  • 13:17
  • 13:18

    IRISH LEADERBOARD (morning starters)




    -2: Shane Lowry (72, 70)


    -1: Rory McIlroy (70, 73),


    + 1: Paul Dunne (73, 72)


    +2 Gavin Moynihan (73, 73), Paul McGinley (16)


    +3: Cormac Sharvin (73, 74)


    +4: Colm Moriarty (15)


    +6: Darren Clarke (16)


    + 8: Neil O’Briain (78, 74)



  • 13:20
  • 13:23

    Graeme McDowell (-1) has just got his second round started alongside defending champion Jon Rahm and Rafa Cabrerar Bello, while Padraig Harrington (-4) tees it up in 10 minutes.


    McIlroy: "I didn't play quite as well as yesterday, but I still had chances to make birdies. I made bogeys in three of the last five. I hit a couple of errant tee shots coming in."    

  • 13:26
    Lagergren (-7) leads by two from Danny Willett (17 holes), Zander Lombard (13 holes), Ryan Fox (2 holes) and Lee Westwood (68, 71).
  • 13:32
    Aphibarnrat, Harrington and Wood playing their opening tee shots.    
  • 13:34
    Harrington (-4) splits the fairway, despite having to step away presumably after being distracted by some peripheral noise or movement.  
  • 13:35
    Willett (-5) will have about 14 feet for birdie on his final hole.  
  • 13:38
    Willett (-6) birdies the ninth, his 18th hole and follows his opening 68 with a 70; one behind Lagergren.  
  • 13:41
    McDowell (level) fails to get up and down from the back of the first green and then pulls his tee shot on the second well left.  
  • 13:43
    Harrington (-4) leaves his 18 foot birdie putt about 12 inches short on the first green.  
  • 13:45
  • 13:56

    After dropping a shot at the third the overnight leader Ryan Fox watches as his birdie putt slips past at the Par 5 fourth and he remains at -4.

    Jon Rahm certainly isn't enjoying Ballyliffin as much as he enjoyed Portstewart. At +3 he has work to do to make the cut and he's just pulled his drive left at the third.

    Back at the second Harrington has muscled his approach out of the thick rough and into the front bunker. He'll have up and down from there for par.

  • 14:03
    It's a bogey for Harrington despite a good bunker shot. He managed to fly it all the way up to the pin where it spun up but his eight foot par putt slipped past on the left. He drops back to -3.
  • 14:05
  • 14:13

    IRISH LEADERBOARD (Morning starters)




    -2: Shane Lowry (72, 70)


    -1: Rory McIlroy (70, 73),


    + 1: Paul Dunne (73, 72)


    +2 Gavin Moynihan (73, 73),


    +3: Cormac Sharvin (73, 74), Paul McGinley (73, 74)


    +4: Colm Moriarty (73, 75)


    +7: Darren Clarke (75, 76)


    + 8: Neil O’Briain (78, 74)



  • 14:15
  • 14:16
    Harrington (-3) will have a five foot par putt on the third.  
  • 14:18
    McDowell (level) is the par five, fourth in two, albeit about 30 feet away for his eagle putt.  
  • 14:19
    Harrington (-3) holes out nicely from five feet.  
  • 14:21
    Lowry: "It was very nice to finish with a birdie and I thought I played decent. I just went out and tried to be patient today. I am not sure what the winning score is going to be but it won't be very low. I am looking forward to the afternoon off and seeing what I can do tomorrow."  
  • 14:22
  • 14:28
    Given that England play Sweden in the soccer World Cup on Saturday it's appropriate that Danny Willett (England) and Joakim Lagergren (Sweden) will play in the final group tomorrow at the Irish Open. Throw into the mix that Danny Willett's mother is Swedish and there promises to be some interesting conversation between shots.    
  • 14:29
    McDowell (-1) birdies the fourth to reclaim the shot he dropped on the first.  
  • 14:33
    Overight leader Ryan Fox (-6) birdies the sixth and seventh holes and moves into a tie for second place alongside Willett (68, 70) and South African Zander Lombard (17).  
  • 14:33
  • 14:34
    The projected cut has gone out to one over; there are 82 players on that mark or better.  
  • 14:36
    Lombard (70, 68) tidies up for par.  
  • 14:36
  • 14:40
    Harrington (-3) can only make par at the reachable par five, fourth and then shortsides himself on the par three, fifth. Not the start he was looking for.    
  • 14:42
    France's Matthieu Pavon (-6) has joined three others in a tie for second place with two birdies in the first three holes of his second round having started on the 10th.  
  • 14:43
    Harrington (-3) plays a decent chip over the corner of the greenside bunker to about six feet. He'll have that for par.  
  • 14:47
    Harrington (-2) watches his par putt slide under the hole; that's two bogeys in his first five holes.  
  • 14:48
  • 14:49
  • 14:51

    IRISH LEADERBOARD




    -2: Shane Lowry (72, 70), Padraig Harrington (5)


    -1: Rory McIlroy (70, 73), Graeme McDowell (5)


    Level: Simon Thornton (1), Ruaidhri McGee (1)


    + 1: Paul Dunne (73, 72)


    +2 Gavin Moynihan (73, 73),


    +3: Cormac Sharvin (73, 74), Paul McGinley (73, 74)


    +4: Colm Moriarty (73, 75), Cian McNamara (1)


    +7: Darren Clarke (75, 76)


    + 8: Neil O’Briain (78, 74)



  • 14:53
  • 15:05
    Ryan Fox (-5) bogeys the ninth. Harrington (-2) can't convert a birdie chance on six.  
  • 15:09
    Ruaidhri McGee (+2) with a double bogey on the 11th, his second hole. The 27-year-old from Derry was one of two players who received an invite through Sport Ireland to compete at Ballyliffin. Comac Sharvin (+3) was the other.  
  • 15:14
    Harrington (-2) two over through the first seven holes of his second round. If he could just squeeze one back before the turn, he has two reachable par fives, on the back nine, one of which, the 17th, he eagled yesterday.  
  • 15:20
    Mikko Ilonen (-3) a former winner of the Irish Open (2014) and as an amateur the West of Ireland Championship (1999) and the British Amateur (2000) is going nicely nine holes into his second round.  
  • 15:32

    IRISH LEADERBOARD




    -2: Shane Lowry (72, 70), Padraig Harrington (8)


    -1: Rory McIlroy (70, 73), Graeme McDowell (9)


    Level: Simon Thornton (4)


    + 1: Paul Dunne (73, 72)



    PROJECTED CUT


    +2 Gavin Moynihan (73, 73), , Ruaidhri McGee (4)


    +3: Cormac Sharvin (73, 74), Paul McGinley (73, 74)


    +4: Colm Moriarty (73, 75), Cian McNamara (4)


    +7: Darren Clarke (75, 76)


    + 8: Neil O’Briain (78, 74)



  • 15:33
    The words feast or famine spring to mind
  • 15:33
  • 15:34
    Harrington (-2) pulls his tee shot way left on the ninth.  
  • 15:34
  • 15:35
    Fox (-6) back in the hunt with a birdie on 10. I know...........
  • 15:36
    There are five South Africans in the Top 15 and ties in the Irish Open at the moment.  
  • 15:38
    McDowell (level) misses from three feet for par on the ninth.  
  • 15:42

    Harrington (-2) with a fine recovery shot after catching a decent lie in the rough. He's found the green but it'll be a tough two-putt from 50 feet.  


    France take a 1-0 head through Raphael Varane against Uruguay in the soccer World Cup quarter-final.    

  • 15:43
    Harrington (-2) will have four feet for his par at nine.  
  • 15:48
    Harrington's (-1) putt is too firm for the line he hit it on and it runs over the edge of the hole and continues on two and a half feet. That's 38 shots to the turn, three over.  
  • 15:52
    South Africa's Erik van Rooyen shot a 71 yesterday but he's birdied four of his first six holes today and is just two shots back on five under.  
  • 15:53
    Harrington's (-1) three dropped shots have come from two errant tee shots and a three-putt on the ninth.  
  • 15:56

    IRISH LEADERBOARD




    -2: Shane Lowry (72, 70)


    -1: Rory McIlroy (70, 73), Padraig Harrington (10)


    Level: Simon Thornton (6), Graeme McDowell (10)


    + 1: Paul Dunne (73, 72)


    +2 Gavin Moynihan (73, 73), Ruaidhri McGee (4)


    +3: Cormac Sharvin (73, 74), Paul McGinley (73, 74)


    +4: Colm Moriarty (73, 75), Cian McNamara (6)


    +7: Darren Clarke (75, 76)


    + 8: Neil O’Briain (78, 74)



  • 15:59
    Project cut is still one over. There are 79 players on that mark or less including Ruaidhri McGee (+1) who has birdied the par three fifth for the second day in a row.  
  • 16:00
  • 16:02
    Defending champion Spain's Jon Rahm (+1) has had nine pars and a birdie so far.  
  • 16:05
  • 16:07
    McDowell (level) will have about nine feet for par after getting out of position with his tee shot.  
  • 16:10
    McDowell (+1) slips back to the projected cut mark with his third bogey of the round on 11, while Rahm (level) passes him going in the opposite direction following a birdie.  
  • 16:12
    Thanks Shaun, that'll teach me to cut and paste.  
  • 16:12
  • 16:18
  • 16:22
    There are now five players one shot behind the leader Joakim Lagergren (-7), Danny Willett (18), Zander Lombard (18), Ryan Fox (13), Matthieu Pavon (9) and Erik van Rooyen (8), the latter five under for his round through eight holes.  
  • 16:28
    Harrington (-1) starts the journey home with a couple of pars on 10 and 11 while McDowell (+1) has one bogey on the card through three holes in his back nine. He's two over for his round.  
  • 16:47
    The 34-year-old Jinho Choi from Korea has joined the gaggle of golfers on six under.    
  • 16:50
    McDowell (level) with an eagle putt on the 13th that's good for pace but not line and taps in for birdie.  
  • 16:52
    Defending champions Rahm (-1) is three under for his second round after 13 holes and climbing the leaderboard.    
  • 16:53
    Soccer World Cup quarter-final: France 2 Uruguay 0
  • 16:56
    Choi, the South Korean has made a double-bogey on the 11th and drops back to four under.    
  • 17:01
    Ryan Fox joins Lagergren at the top of the leaderboard on seven under with a birdie on the 16th.  
  • 17:05
    Harrington (-1) loses his tee shot on the par five, 13th and has to return to the tee. Playing three, he hoiks his second drive right into some deep rough from which he does well to extricate the ball but it careers across the fairway and into the rough once again.  
  • 17:09
    Harrington (-1) has played five shots to the 13th and still isn't on the green. The match ahead including McDowell (level) and Rahm (-1) have teed off the 15th.    
  • 17:12
    A brilliant chip and run from Harrington (-1) leaves him about four and a half feet for a double bogey.  
  • 17:14
    McGee, who started on the 10th, birdies 17 and 18 to move to one under for the tournament.  
  • 17:16
    Harrington (+1) makes the double bogey putt. He's five over for the round and one outside the projected cut mark which now stands at level par.  
  • 17:20

    IRISH LEADERBOARD

     

    -2: Shane Lowry (72, 70)

    -1: Rory McIlroy (70, 73), Ruaidhri McGee (9)

    Level: Simon Thornton (9), Graeme McDowell (14)

    + 1: Paul Dunne (73, 72), Padraig Harrington (13)

    +2 Gavin Moynihan (73, 73),

    +3: Cormac Sharvin (73, 74), Paul McGinley (73, 74)

    +4: Colm Moriarty (73, 75)

    +5: Cian McNamara (10)

    +7: Darren Clarke (75, 76)

    + 8: Niall O’Briain (78, 74)

  • 17:22
  • 17:23
    Joint leader Fox (-7) thumps a huge drive down the 18th, looking to follow up on his fine showing in the Irish Open at Portstewart last year.  
  • 17:24
    NEW IRISH OPEN LEADER: France's Matthieu eagles the par five, fourth to move to eight under.  
  • 17:27
    Pavon (-8) a 25-year-old from Toulouse, has won win as a professional and that came on the Als Tour in the  Servizitalia Open. He did finish tied 25th though at this year's US Open.  
  • 17:31
  • 17:34
    McGee (level) bogeys the second hole, his 11th.  
  • 17:37
    Harrington (+2) bogeys the par three, 14th. Going back to his double bogey at the 13th hole, he pulled his tee shot way left and found his golf ball 20-seconds after the alloted time, so had to go back to the tee to re-load.    
  • 17:40
    Overnight leader Ryan Fox birdies the 18th to join Pavon at eight under and a share of first place after 36-holes.    
  • 17:44

    Fox's approach to 18 finished five feet away and he rolled in the birdie putt. That's 67, 69 for eight under. He likes the Rolex series by the looks of it and he has four Top 10s from 11 tournaments to date.  


     
  • 17:49
    McDowell (level) fighting manfully. He's two holes to play and is on the current projected cut mark.
  • 17:53
    Hats off! Harrington (+1) holes a 60 foot birdie putt across the 16th green. He's always displayed tremendous character no matter what is thrown his way.    
  • 17:55

    IRISH LEADERBOARD


    -2: Shane Lowry (72, 70)

    -1: Rory McIlroy (70, 73),

    Level: Simon Thornton (12), Graeme McDowell (16),

    + 1: Paul Dunne (73, 72), Ruaidhri McGee (12), Padraig Harrington (16)

    +2 Gavin Moynihan (73, 73)

    +3: Cormac Sharvin (73, 74), Paul McGinley (73, 74)

    +4: Colm Moriarty (73, 75)

    +5: Cian McNamara (12)

    +7: Darren Clarke (75, 76)

    + 8: Niall O’Briain (78, 74)


  • 17:55
    The Projected cut mark is back out to one over.  
  • 18:00
    McDowell (level) holes from three feet for his par at the 17th but will view that as a missed opportunity on the par five.  
  • 18:04
    Pavon (-8) bogeys six and birdies seven, the latter greeted by a fist pump and a purposeful stride.  
  • 18:05
  • 18:06
    HOLE-IN-ONE: Edoardo Molinari (level) at the par three, 14th. Four under for his round today.  
  • 18:09
    McDowell (level) misses the fairway with his tee shot on the last. he has one shot to spare on the current projected cut mark of one over par. He won't want to use it.  
  • 18:09
  • 18:11
    McGee (level) birdies the fourth, his 13th, after back-to-back bogeys.  
  • 18:14
    BIRDIE: Having had none in 15 holes Harrington (level) records successive birdies at the 16th and 17th. A brilliant competitor.    
  • 18:15
    Chris Wood (-4) compiling a nice round and moving into contention.  
  • 18:17
    McDowell (level) makes a two putt par at the last for rounds of 71, 73 and a place in the tournament for the weekend.    
  • 18:18
    Defending champion John Rahm (-1) 74, 69, three under for his second round.  
  • 18:22
    Harrington (level) pulls his tee shot on the 18th; it's been a huge issue all round.  
  • 18:24
    Harrington (level) only moves the ball a short distance. The projected cut has gone back in to level par. The most it will be is one over. He can afford bogey and no worse. His third shot is just stunning, manages to make the green.  
  • 18:35
    DOUBLE BOGEY: Harrington charges his 55-foot par putt 14 feet past. He may have thought he needed to hole it to make the cut and doesn't hole the return. That puts him out to two over, signing for a 78 to add to his 68 and means he's almost certain to miss the cut. A bogey at the last probebly would have sufficed.  
  • 18:36
  • 18:38
    The projected cut is now back to over over par and that would see Paul Dunne make the weekend. There's about an hour's golf left.