Snow­man sees Lowry slip down leader­board in South Africa

Of­faly man cards triple-bo­gey to drop off lead at Ned­bank Chal­lenge

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SPORTS -

A snow­man got in the way of Shane Lowry’s progress at Sun City in the sec­ond round of the Ned­bank Golf Chal­lenge as an ugly triple-bo­gey eight left the Ofd­faly man slid­ing down the leader­board.

Lowry made light of the windy con­di­tions, fir­ing five birdies in his first 10 holes to move to five un­der and into a share of the lead.

The first bo­gey of his round came on the 11th be­fore mak­ing a hames of the par-five 14th, where he ran up the eight.

A birdie-two on the short 16th got him back to two un­der be­fore a bo­gey on the 18th saw him sign for a one-un­der 71.

Lowry’s two-round to­tal of one un­der leaves him in a tie of 10th po­si­tion, five shots off leader Vic­tor Dubuis­son.

The French golfer claimed a two-shot lead af­ter card­ing a two-un­der 70 to reach six un­der, but his ad­van­tage would have been greater had it not been for a bo­gey at the last af­ter miss­ing the green and then fir­ing his chip 25 feet past the hole.

Dubuis­son’s mo­men­tum was halted af­ter he birdied the 15th to move three clear when the threat of light­ning forced a two-and-a-half-hour sus­pen­sion. By then sec­ond-placed South African Dar­ren Fichardt, who was not even in the field on Thurs­day morn­ing but got in as a late re­serve, and Lee West­wood were safely home in the club­house on four un­der af­ter rounds of 69 and 70 re­spec­tively.

Dif­fi­cult

Windier con­di­tions made scor­ing more dif­fi­cult than the open­ing day with just 12 un­der-par rounds posted.

Lowry’s slip on the 14th al­lowed overnight leader Bernd Wies­berger back in front only for the Aus­trian to leak three shots in two holes early in his round to leave Dubuis­son two clear at the top on six un­der.

Wies­berger failed to re­cover from that slip and carded a five-over 77 to drop out of con­tention.

Pádraig Har­ring­ton carded a level-par 72 to re­main on two over and a tie for 30th po­si­tion, but Paul Dunne slipped back to six over in the no-cut event af­ter a four-over 76.

Race to Dubai leader Tommy Fleet­wood shot a 74 to slip to three over to leave him with the re­motest of chances of clinch­ing the ti­tle with a win this week.

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