Ireland's Shane Lowry stays in contention in Phoenix Open
Ireland's Shane Lowry is in contention to win the Phoenix Open going into the weekend action in Scottsdale.
Lowry carded a 69 to add to his opening day 68 to leave himself on five-under-par and five shots off joint leaders Byeong Hun An and Brendan Steele.
Lowry went through the first nine in level par before a flawless, bogey-free, homeward nine with birdies at 10, 13 and 17.
Korean An and American Steele both birdied three of the last four holes on TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course to reach 10 under par in Arizona.
An, who shot to prominence when he won the European Tour's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in 2015, had six gains and a single bogey in his round of 66.
Steele had four birdies in a flawless 67, holing putts of 18 and 15 feet on the last two holes to snatch a share of the halfway lead.