Lowry leads the way at Irish Open

Damian Moran

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Damian Moran

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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.

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.