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Some Mixed Fortunes For The Irish At The Open Championship

The Open at Carnoustie has seen some of the top players in the world flourish, while offering a few surprises.

Zach Johnson, Tommy Fleetwood and Jordan Spieth are at the business end of proceedings, but Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama and Branden Grace won’t be here for the weekend.

The Irish contingent are also facing mixed results at the difficult links course.

The challenge is headed by 2014 Open champion Rory McIlroy, who posted a pair of 69s to sit on -4 just two shots off leaders Johnson and Kevin Kisner. Four birdies from the 7th hole onwards were pegged back by two bogeys, unlike Shinnecock, Rory’s ball striking and putting are holding up well here so far.

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The only compatriot that will join him for the weekend is Paul Dunne, however.

The British Masters champion posted a fine 71 yesterday, but worse performances in driving accuracy and greens in regulation on Friday led to a 73, putting him at +2 overall. This gorgeous chip on the first for birdie was followed by four bogeys throughout his round.

The cut line is currently at +3 and at worst will go to +2, so Dunne will get get his chance to replicate his stunning 2015 effort.

Shane Lowry will miss out by two shots though, as the popular Offaly man’s struggle for form continues after now four straight missed cuts. He improved on yesterday’s 74 with a 73 for his second round, but two bogeys on the tough closing stretch put paid to his chances of making the weekend.

2007 winner Padraig Harrington’s first round 76 ensured that he was out of contention, although this was a highlight of his tournament, making birdie from the OB fence. The Dubliner finished at +8.

2011 champion at Royal St Georges, Darren Clarke, unfortunately props up the field in dead last, currently at +19 after 15 holes of his second round.

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