Irish Open: Antcliff joins Rai at the top of the leaderboard as Lowry and Harrington miss cut

Posted by on September 26, 2020  /   Posted in golf reviews

Aaron Rai fought well on a tough scoring day at Galgorm Castle for a add level-par 70 to its opening 65 -5 A Rai (Eng), M Antcliff (Aus); -4 R Rock (Eng), D Burmester (SA), J Lagergren (Swe), J Smith (Eng), T Tree (Eng); -3 S Hend (Aus), J Catlin (US), J Harding (SA), E Ferguson (Scot) Selected others: -2 D Law (Scot), L Herbert (Aus), -1 J Sugrue (AM) (Ire) 16; +1 S Gallacher (Scot), J Caldwell (NI); +4 G Coetzee (SA), D McGrane (Ire), C Moriarty (Ire); +5 M Power (Ire) am; +6 P Harrington (Ire); +7 S Lowry (Ire)

Maverick Antcliff took part in the Irish Open lead with Aaron Rai when he finished his second round at Galgorm on Saturday morning at five below.

The Australian, who fired a five-under-par 65, was among the players to complete their round on Saturday after a weather delay on Friday. ]

Five players are one shot back, but Open champions Shane Lowry and Padraig Harrington missed the cut.

Amateur James Sugrue is the best on the home front at one bottom.

As the frost delayed Friday's start, the Englishman Rai & # 39; s level-par 70 had left him in the lead at the end of Friday's piece.

Rai and Antcliffe are one shot away from former Northern Ireland Open winner Joakim Lagergren, Dean Burmester, Toby Tree and J ordan Smith.

Shane Lowry won the Irish Open as an amateur in 2009

Lowry makes three six-foot shots

Lowry & # 39; s miserable day was summed up by a six-foot triple putt on the 10th, while a potentially momentum-generating birdie was turned into a bogey instead.

A further down shot at the 13th place he was left on eight and while his first birdie came the next day, he was unable to evoke any heroic deeds in his last four holes as he rushed to complete his second round in the increasing darkness.

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Wolverhampton-born Rai, 25, was one of only two players to card bogey-free opening rounds and regrouped well from an immediately dropped shot at four on Friday Birdies on a tough day to score like a North. the wind continued to blow after the night frost delayed the take-off by 90 minutes.

"A bit of a mixed bag, but I think it's to be expected, the track is so hard," said Rai, whose only previous European Tour win in 2018 at the Hong Kong Open. .

"Driving is key here, with how thick the rough is, and I think I've been driving it well for the most part for the last few days."

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Rock arguably had carded Friday round of the day, as his 67th in the harshest conditions only included one dropped shot coming on sixth.

He was joined on four under by Swede Lagergren, a Northern Ireland Open winner at the venue in 2014, who fired a 66 on Friday while South African Dean Burmester remained in the fray while adding a 71 to his opening 65.

& # 39; I played much better than the score & # 39;

Europe Ryder Cup captain Harrington, who played his first event since February, looked ugly deflated after acknowledging that his total of six above par was "going to be one too much," though he tried " to assume positives' from his short week.

got my chances early and then got some swirling wind and didn't chip very well, so I played way better than the score, but these things happen, "the 49-year-old said after his seven-bogey round. The cut came on Saturday morning at 5 p.m.

Sugrue completed his round on Saturday to lead the Irish challenge – fellow home amateur international Mark Power made the cut out of five.

Clandeboye man Jonathan Caldwell is one over after a 73-year-old while former European Tour winners Damien McGrane and Colm Moriarty finished four.

The Irish victims also included Paul Dunne (74 for nine years and over), amateur Tom McKibbin (78 for 11 and over) and Cormac Sharvin (74 for 17 and over).

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