Saturday 10 December 2016

Dunne and Lawrie survive Valderrama test

Published 16/04/2016 | 02:30

Paul Dunne (Sportsfile)
Paul Dunne (Sportsfile)

Spain's Pablo Larrazabal hailed one of the best rounds of his career after claiming the halfway lead in the Spanish Open at a testing Valderrama.

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A level-par 71 was enough to give Larrazabal a two-shot lead over England's Andrew Johnston as a combination of swirling winds and firm greens sent scores soaring at the notoriously difficult former Ryder Cup venue.

At three-under and one-under respectively, Larrazabal and Johnston were the only players to finish in red figures, with Mike Lorenzo-Vera and Peter Hanson the only players to break par with rounds of 70 as the cut fell at nine-over par.

Irish duo Paul Dunne and Peter Lawrie both made the cut although both are a long way back.

Dunne had three birdies on his card but four bogeys and two double-bogeys saw him record a round of 76 for a seven over-par halfway total, 10 shots off the lead. Despite a bogey on the last, Lawrie crept inside the nine-over cut mark after a 74.

There was no such luck for Graeme McDowell on the PGA Tour as he followed up his opening 74 with a 73 to miss the cut at the RBC Heritage event in Carolina on five-over par.

Jason Day, looking for his third win in four starts, shared the clubhouse lead on six-under with American Kevin Chappell. Making his professional debut, Bryson DeChambeau is three shots further back.

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