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 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.
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.
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.