No Turkey shoot for Dunne and Har­ring­ton as Rose rises to top

Frus­tra­tion gets the bet­ter of first round leader Dunne as he falls off the pace

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SPORTS - Philip Reid

The three of them were grouped to­gether at the tail-end of the draw, which is where you find those in con­tention. But their sec­ond round jour­neys couldn’t have been any more dif­fer­ent: as Justin Rose, who was on cruise con­trol, ne­go­ti­ated a route to the half­way lead in this Turk­ish Air­lines Open, both Paul Dunne and Pádraig Har­ring­ton ex­pe­ri­enced roller-coaster rides that left them hang­ing on for dear life.

Rose moved to the top of the leader­board with a sec­ond suc­ces­sive 65 for a 12-un­der-par to­tal of 130, two strokes clear of his near­est pur­suers Tom Lewis, Danny Wil­lett and Thor­b­jorn Ole­sen. Dunne, though, strug­gled with driver and irons for a 71 for 135 while Har­ring­ton’s woes were mainly with the put­ter in hand as he shot a 70 to also fin­ish on 135, five adrift of Rose, in tied-11th.

For first round leader Dunne, his ex­as­per­a­tion man­i­fested it­self with ex­ple­tives as his drive on the 16th was pulled into the cork trees and his at­tempted re­cov­ery, at­tempt­ing to hook the ball to­wards the green, ric­o­cheted off a trunk. “Apolo­gies for the on-course lan­guage to­day for any­one watch­ing. Frus­tra­tion got the bet­ter of me on 16,” tweeted Dunne later when made aware his lan­guage had been picked up on tele­vi­sion mics.

Dunne had brought a slen­der one stroke lead into the sec­ond round but he took seven more shots than his open­ing round. It was an ad­ven­ture, with a dou­ble-bo­gey, an ea­gle, three birdies and three bo­geys thrown into the mix. The dou­ble came on the 10th, a hole with the most in­tim­i­dat­ing drive on the course, where he duck-hooked it into the wa­ter haz­ard, while he re­bounded with an ea­gle three on the 12th.

Late bo­geys

But two late bo­geys – from er­ratic tee-shots – on the 16th and the 18th pretty much summed up the kind of day he had. “It was a tough day re­ally. I kind of strug­gled all day, bat­tled through. To be hon­est with you level par was pretty good, it keeps me rel­a­tively in there. Hope­fully that’s the bad day gone,” said Dunne, who added: “I just lost the face, swung the club badly. It is just eas­ier to con­trol your short irons if you use the ground to get a feel (of) the face. There are still 36 holes left, any­one could shoot 14 un­der out there over the week­end.”

For Har­ring­ton, it was also a day of frus­tra­tion and it was the put­ter which was his tor­men­tor. The Dubliner - who needs prob­a­bly a top-five fin­ish if he is to get into the field for next week’s Ned­bank Cham­pi­onship - had three three-putts, the first of them (on the fourth) from 10 feet.

“I had had a bad day on the greens. It was en­ergy sap­ping. I just missed putt, after putt, after putt. It’s a tough day when you’re do­ing that, it just kills the rest of your game. I played lovely, played great and was very happy (early on) but by the end of the round I was worn out, beaten up, worn down. It was a killer . . . I putted hor­ri­ble. It just kills the day. If you are not hol­ing putts, your mo­men­tum is just dire,” said Har­ring­ton.

While Dunne and Har­ring­ton were hav­ing their own ad­ven­tures, Rose - apart from one mis­cue off the tee on the 10th, which found wa­ter - made the move to the top of the leader­board in de­fence of his ti­tle.

“Justin played great, he is al­ways playing great,” re­marked Dunne of Rose’s sec­ond round. And the English­man’s seven birdies and lone bo­gey, after his in­dis­cre­tion on the 10th, moved him clear in the knowl­edge that a win would re­turn him to the top of the world rank­ings.

Iron play

If the game seemed easy for Rose, he wasn’t fall­ing into the trap of ad­mit­ting it so. “Clearly I’ve been burned by this game many a time and you have to keep work­ing hard. I’m try­ing not to get too far ahead of my­self,” he said, cred­it­ing his iron play as the key fac­tor in his low scor­ing over the first two days.

He ex­plained: “A lot of pin place­ments are up on shelves, off the side of these greens are a lot of run-offs but you have wedge, 9-iron in your hand. If you get overly de­fen­sive, you’re not go­ing to make birdies, but you need to chal­lenge some of those tough pin place­ments to try and shoot low around here.”

For Shane Lowry, there was a frus­trat­ing fin­ish. Al­though he made an up­ward move with four birdies in his open­ing 12 holes, he hit a speed bump with a bo­gey on the 13th and then suf­fered a dou­ble-bo­gey on the 17th where his fair­way wood off the tee was pulled left into heavy rough. His at­tempted re­cov­ery ran like a scalded cat into one of the cross bunkers, hopped up as if it would es­cape only to plunge back into the lip. It was an im­pos­si­ble shot, and he ran up a dou­ble-bo­gey six that had steam com­ing out of his ears. Lowry signed for a 70 for four-un­der 138.

‘‘ It was a tough day re­ally. I kind of strug­gled all day, bat­tled through


Paul Dunne at­tempts a re­cov­ery shot­from the trees dur­ing the sec­ond round of the Turk­ish Air­lines Open in An­talya.

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