With the morning starters coming to the conclusion of their rounds at the Irish Open at Carton House, Offaly’s Shane Lowry leads the way after a five under par round of 65.
In wet conditions, Lowry put his local knowledge to good use with a round including six birdies and just one dropped shot.
The dropped shot came on the 10th which was his first hole of the day but after that he shot a near perfect round with a series of excellent shots to escape the notorious bunkers on the course. He birdied each of the par 5s (4, 8, 15 & 18) and added two more on the 13th and 14th.
The 2009 champions was playing alongside Thomas Bjorn who shot a four under par 68 to sit in a tie for second place alongside Paul Casey, Andrew Dodt and Ireland’s Cian McNamara who comes into the tournament ranked 1,552 in the world.
Lowry also played alongside World Number 2 Rory McIlroy who finished the day with a two over par 74.
Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley opened with a two under par 70 while other home favourites Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell tee off this afternoon.