OFFALY’S Shane Lowry is well in contention going into the weekend at the World Golf Championship HSBC Champions event in China after following up his opening round of six under par 66 with a four under par 68.
The former Irish Open winner is in a tie for fourth place with American Jason Dufner on then under, one shot behind Ernie Els and Adam Scott.
The clear lead is Louis Oosthuizen who, despite dropping a shot on his second hole, carded a nine under par 63 to go with his opening round of 65 to leave him five shots ahead of the field.
Starting on the 10th, Lowry was three under to the turn after birdies on the 11th, 15th and 16th. He got to four under with a birdie on the par three fifth but dropped a shot on the next hole. He finished his round in style however holing a 20ft putt for a birdie on his final hole.
The Clara native recently became the Republic of Ireland’s top ranked golfer on the Official World Golf Rankings overtaking Padraig Harrington.