AFTER an opening round of level par 72, Offaly’s Shane Lowry has shot up the leaderboard at the BMW Masters in Shanghai after a bogey free second round of eight under par 64.
At the end of the first round, the Clara golfer was in a share of 48th place but he now goes into the weekend in a tie for fourth after his excellent second round.
Lowry had eight birdies in total including four in a row from the 13th to the 16th to lie six shots behind leader Peter Hanson who also shot an eight under par 64.
Speaking after his round Lowry said he has maintained his form since his win in the Portugal Masters last time out.
“My golf is good. My frame of mind is good. There’s no reason I can’t shoot a good score over the weekend.”
He said he felt he needed to shoot a good round to stay in contention.
“I felt I needed to shoot at least five today to be somewhere going into the weekend. I was three under after nine and cruising nicely and then made four on the spin one the back nine which was nice. I missed a couple of opportunities on the way in on 17 and 18 but very, very happy with eight under.”
Rory McIlroy has moved into second just two shots behind Hanson while Swede Robert Karlsson is in third place on nine under par.
Overnight leader Jamie Donaldson is level with Shane Lowry on eight under after a two over par second round to go with his ten under par opening round.
Also on eight under are world number five and Ryder Cup hero Justin Rose and Swede Alexander Noren. Both players have shot back to back 68s.
Of the rest of the Irish, Michael Hoey is in a tie for eighth place on seven under, Graeme McDowell is on four under while Paul McGinley and Darren Clarke are both well off the pace at five over par.