Tuesday 17 September 2019

McDowell in mix as Spieth hits his straps

Jordan Spieth is finding some good form ahead of next week’s US Masters. Photo: Soobum Im/USA Today Sports
Jordan Spieth is finding some good form ahead of next week’s US Masters. Photo: Soobum Im/USA Today Sports

William S Callahan

Graeme McDowell was just two strokes off the clubhouse lead as he chased back-to-back wins and a Masters place in the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio.

The Portrush star (39) made an eagle and three birdies in a three-under 69 to get to six-under as Jordan Spieth showed some promising Masters form when he holed out for a late eagle two to grab a share of the clubhouse lead.

The three-time Major winner holed out from 113 yards for a three at the eighth, his 17th, and carded a second successive 68 to share top spot with Corey Connors, Harold Varner III, Adam Schenk and Kyoung-Hoon Lee on eight-under par.

Pádraig Harrington was on the projected cut mark on one-under after recovering from a slow start to chisel out a one-under 71.

Europe's Ryder Cup skipper double-bogeyed the par-five second and bogeyed the fourth before mixing four birdies with just one more dropped shot coming home.

Meanwhile, Ardglass' Cormac Sharvin is tied for seventh heading in to the final round of the innovative Jordan Mixed Open where Challenge Tour, Ladies European Tour and Staysure players are teeing it up together.

He shot a two-under 70 to get to six-under par as Meghan MacLaren shot a second successive 65 to lead by two strokes from the Netherlands' Daan Huizing on 14-under.

Michael Hoey is joint 35th on two-under after a 73 but Brendan McGovern shot 72 and Robin Dawson a 79 to miss the level-par cut by 10 strokes.

In the Irish Girls' Open Strokeplay at Roganstown, England's Patience Rhodes opened with a two-under 69 to lead by a shot from Germany's Makline Kraus with Elm Park's Leah Temple Lang the best of the Irish, tied for third after a level-par 71.

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