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Shane Lowry Makes A Big Move Into Contention At PGA Championship

A weather delay meant that some of the field at the final major of the year had to complete their second round on Saturday morning.

One of those with an early start was Offaly man Shane Lowry.

Having struggled this season by his own standards, the 2015 WGC Bridgestone Invitational winner faces a battle to keep his PGA Tour card. His performance in the second round of the PGA Championship has gone a long way to achieving that, however.

2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open - Day 2, Ballyliffin Golf Club, Co. Donegal 6/7/2018 Shane Lowry on the 2nd hole

After a middling first round of 69, Lowry shot a superb bogey free round of 64 to sit in the top five of the leaderboard heading into ‘Moving Day’.

Starting on the back nine, the 31-year-old rattled off birdies on holes 12 and 13 (his third and fourth holes of the round), making over 30 feet worth of putts.

After a good up-and-down for par on 15, he birdied the par 5 17th, despite an ambitious second shot leaving him 111 yards from the rough for an up-and-down birdie which he would go on to make.

Two further gained strokes on holes three and seven got him to six under for the tournament, with the 7th hole being a particular highlight – his approach from the fairway almost went in, leaving a kick-in birdie.

Another gorgeous approach on the ninth from 50 yards further out, his last hole for the round, left just under six feet for a round of 64 – just three shots off leader Gary Woodland.

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