Wednesday 21 March 2018

Dunne and Lawrie survive Valderrama test

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.

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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