Slow going for Ireland and England

England and Ireland failed to make the fast start they were looking for in the second round of the World Cup today.

England and Ireland failed to make the fast start they were looking for in the second round of the World Cup today.

Both teams were blown off course in the fourballs at blustery Kiawah Island yesterday, Paul Casey and Justin Rose coming home in 40 for a 73 and 1997 winners Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley stumbling to a 74.

That left them six and seven shots respectively off the pace set by surprise leaders Germany, whose pairing of Alex Cejka and Marcel Siem recorded a five-under 67 to lead the Welsh team of Ian Woosnam and Bradley Dredge by one.

The second round of foursomes gave them a chance to repair the damage however, especially as the second day dawned without a repeat of the strong winds which had sent scores soaring on Thursday.

But the 1991 Ryder Cup venue is no pushover at the best of times and both teams opened with a bogey on the short par-four first hole.

The par-five second was playing downwind and easily reachable in two at just 528 yards, but neither pairing was able to take advantage and had to settle for par.

England did manage a birdie on the third, Casey converting Rose’s good approach, but Ireland ran up another bogey before finally putting a red figure on the board with a birdie on the fourth.

At three over par they were eight off the pace however, with England six adrift on one over.

Defending champions Japan were proving it was possible to make a major move up the leaderboard, birdies at the first, second and fifth taking them to one under for the tournament.

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