EM – Shane Lowry performs as Rory McIlroy lurks in Dubai



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Shane Lowry waves to fans on the 18th green as he finishes his round on day two of the DP World Tour Championship. Photo by: Andrew Redington / Getty Images

Brian Keogh

Shane Lowry may be on the run, but he’s vowed to give everything to stop Rory McIlroy and his first win since The Open at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

When Séamus Power 69 shot to win his second PGA Tour win at the RSM Classic in Georgia, the Clara man impressed over the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates outstanding, bogey-free 65.

He spectacularly punched a flop shot for an Eagle Three in 14th place to share the half-time lead with American John Carlin and English Sam Horsfield to 10 under par, while McIlroy lurked just one shot behind, although he was 70 in a second lap on the 18th.

Race to Dubai leader Collin Morikawa is just one shot behind after a second 68 in a row, but Lowry knows that McIlroy is the man to beat, u nd he is determined to give it his all.

“For me personally, there are still two days at the end of a long year and a half, I suppose a couple of long years,” said the Offaly star, who started the week admitted he’s walking on “the” smell of an oily rag “since the Ryder Cup.

” I’m looking forward to giving it my all this weekend and leaving it on the track, and hopefully I’ll be at the top by Sunday afternoon on the leaderboard … I have pretty tough competition at the top of the leaderboard there. I’m sure Rory will make a good try and I hope I can finish there on Sunday. ”

Nobody hit the ball from tee to green better than Lowry, who was only one green yesterday missed (10th by a foot) and put 107 feet.

The climax came in 14th place where he shorted in the rough 30 feet to the left of the hole, but his 58 degree -Wedge dismantled and watched him land on the apron and run straight into the cup.

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McIlroy hit just five fairways and made five birdies, including a chip-in in 11th place, to lead with one stroke until he won a seven on par-five with his third taking the greenside Stream found.

“I still feel like I played well and I think 70 is the worst I could have shot today, especially in the finish,” said McIlroy, the one with the Swede Alexander Bjork is in fourth place. “Hopefully the bad is out of the way.”

On the PGA Tour, Power could make it into the top 50 in the world if he clinches his second win this year at the RSM Classic on Sea Island, Georgia. </ A bogey-free three-under-69 on the Plantation Course left him just three shots behind Talor Gooch on 10 under halfway when Graeme McDowell shot 76 to miss the cut.

“I did didn’t make too many mistakes, ”said Power. “I was able to do a few small par saves if I had to, but for the most part I was in control and hit lots of greens. It was a good day. “

Meanwhile, Leona Maguire had a bad day on the greens, shooting one in 71, finishing 19th in the CME Group Tour Championship in Florida at the end of the season, six under eight behind the halfway leader Celine Boutier from France. “I just didn’t play well enough today and didn’t putt well,” said Maguire after 33 putts.




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