Monday 17 December 2018

Two eagles keep Dunne in contention in Dubai while Lowry remains in touch after birdie-filled finish

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 17: Paul Dunne of Ireland reacts to the crowd on the 18th hole during the second round of the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates on November 17, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 17: Paul Dunne of Ireland reacts to the crowd on the 18th hole during the second round of the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates on November 17, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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Paul Dunne and Shane Lowry enter the weekend very much in contention at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, but it is the Wicklow golfer who will be the happier after two rounds.

Dunne recorded two eagles and two birdies en route to a two under round of 70, but the British Masters champion will rue the fact that he also carded four bogeys.

That leaves the 24-year-old in a tie for sixth on -7 after two rounds, three shots off leader Matthew Fitzpatrick, who enjoyed a brilliant five under par round to enter the weekend on -10.

Shane Lowry isn't out of the hunt yet either, matching Dunne's round of 70 to take a share of fifteenth place into the third round on -5. Lowry has been in solid form in the last few weeks, with two T-12 finishes and one T-8 finish in his last three starts on the European Tour.

Lowry and Dunne are vying to become the second Irishman to win the lucrative Race to Dubai climax, with Rory McIlroy winning the event in 2012 and 2015.

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