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'Poorly' Lowry makes cut in Korea

OFFALY man Shane Lowry is eagerly antici-pating play at this weekend's Ballantine's Championship in South Korea.

Clara's former Irish Open hero was tied 29th with fellow Irishmen Paul McGinley and Damien McGrane on level par after 36 holes at Blackstone Golf Club.

Seven strokes behind Austria's Bernd Wiesberger (26), who grabbed the lead with a fabulous, fault-free 65, the Irish trio know they must deliver something special to force their way into contention.

"It's always good to make the cut when you feel like you're playing poorly," Lowry tweeted after posting a two-under-par 70 that left him four strokes inside the mark.

Meathman McGrane compiled a rock-steady 71, with 17 straight pars on his consistent card.

McGinley's progress stalled with a 73 after his putter went cold.

Gareth Maybin scraped through on four-over after his 76, but British Open champion Darren Clarke missed out by one following a second-round 72.