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Lowry makes US Open but no joy for Dunne and Harrington

Harrington finished a shot outside a eight-man play-off for the last of 14 spots on four-under par. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / Sportsfile
Harrington finished a shot outside a eight-man play-off for the last of 14 spots on four-under par. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / Sportsfile

Brian Keogh

Shane Lowrey produced an outstanding day's golf to qualify for next week's US Open.

The Offaly man - who finished in a tie for second in the event two years ago having led going into the final round - booked his place late last night in a 36-hole sectional qualifier in Ohio.

Earlier in the day, Lowry enjoyed a bogey-free four-under par round at Lakes GC with four birdies on the back nine.

He went one better in his second round of the day at Brookside GC as a five-under round of 67 - again without a dropped shot - left him on nine under par in a tie for first and comfortably within the top 14 qualifying spots.

Lowry joins former champions Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell as the Irishmen in the field with Seamus Power also in contention as the light closed in at the final qualifier in Tennessee.

There wasn't such good news for Padraig Harrington, however, who came up two shots short in a 36-hole sectional qualifier at Walton Heath. The Dubliner (46) finished a shot outside a eight-man play-off for the last of 14 spots on four-under par.

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It was also a day to forget for Paul Dunne, Gavin Moynihan and Paul McBride who will also be watching the Shinnecock Hills action from the sofa after disappointing days in Surrey.

After opening with a two-under 70 on the Old Course, Harrington scorched up the leaderboard and looked set to qualify for his 17th US Open, and his first since Merion in 2013, when he birdied four of his first five holes in the afternoon.

He was sitting pretty in fourth place at one stage, but while he turned in 31, he came home in 39, mixing three bogeys with a solitary birdie to finish tied 23rd on four-under.

Dunne also opened with a 70 but while he got to four-under with four to play, he double-bogeyed the 15th on the New Course and bogeyed the next two before a birdie at the last left him tied 50th on one-under after a 73.

Moynihan opened with an encouraging 69 but turned in 40 in the afternoon and shot 78 to finish tied 69th on three-over as his former Irish amateur team-mate and fellow clubmate from The Island Paul McBride shot rounds of 74 and 75 to finish 74th on five-over on his professional debut.

England's Andrew Johnston and James Morrison topped the qualifiers on 10-under-par with Sunday's Italian Open winner Thorbjorn Olesen also making it on six-under after rounds of 67 and 71.

England's Paul Waring won the 14th and final spot at Walton Heath after a marathon eight-man play-off, seeing off Ryan Evans on the fourth extra hole as darkness fell.

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