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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Ireland's Paul Dunne in contention for first Tour win but Shane Lowry challenge falters

Greystones' Paul Dunne
Greystones' Paul Dunne Sportsdesk

Shane Lowry was at risk of repeating his Masters nightmare after recording a second round 75 at the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head to leave him on the cut mark at one-under.

The Offaly man - who had a disastrous 79 on the second day of Augusta and missed the cut by one - once again failed to build on a good opening round.

Starting on the tenth, things turned sour yesterday after he carded three bogeys and a double bogey. He then pulled back two birdies on the front nine, before finishing on the ninth with a bogey for a second round which was nine shots worse than his first round 66.

Graham DeLaet and Luke Donald lead the field on ten under par.

Meanwhile, on day two Paul Dunne put himself in contention at the Trophee Hassan in Morocco after carding a second round 69 to leave him just two shots off the pace set by France's Gregory Havret.

The Greystones man was one of six to break 70 with a four-under par round that was kick-started after the turn. But Dunne was slow to improve on his day one performance, recording just one birdie before the back nine where he picked up a further three and an eagle.

However, bogeys on the 16th and 17th cost Dunne (who now sits tied third) the chance to share the lead with Havret (six-under) who shot a second straight round of 70.

Dunne shares third position with England's James Morrison and Havret's fellow countryman Gregory Bourdy.

Trophee Hassan II
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RBC Heritage
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