Golfers tee off for Day Two at Fota

Play is underway at Day Two of the Irish Open in Fota Island.

Golfers tee off for Day Two at Fota

Play is underway at Day Two of the Irish Open in Fota Island.

Overnight leader Finland’s Mikko Ilonen who was in the clubhouse with a score of seven-under-par gets his second round underway at 1:10pm.

Englishman Robert Rock has moved into second place having picked up three birdies on the opening six holes of this morning’s session.

Rock birdied two, three and the par-three fourth, to make him three-under for the day and outright second place with a total of six-under.

Graeme McDowell has moved up the early leader board, starting on the back nine and birding at the 13th for one-under, moving him to four-under, three shots off the lead.

The Irish have also started to get their second round underway, with Ballymoney’s Michael Hoey starting with birdies on 10 and 11, before moving back to par by bogeying 12 and 13.

Peter Lawrie is currently sitting at even-par after an opening birdie at 10, followed by a bogey at five. Lawrie sits five off the lead after yesterday two-under-par finish.

Shane Lowry has moved to one-over for the competition, picking up a bogey at 13. Lowry started on the back nine, have shooting a par 71 for round one.

Ryder cup captain Paul McGinley has moved up the leaderboard, opening with a birdie on 10 and now sits alongside Lowry and one-over-par.

Italian Mario Crespo has moved to joint third place overall, in the clubhouse with a three under par score, Crespo birdied three and four and is currently five-under for the tournament.

Swedes Robert Karlsson and Magnus Carlsson have both opened with even-par rounds and are two shots off the Ilonen lead currently sitting at five-under-par.

German Marcel Siem dropped two shots at 12 and one shot at 14 this morning. Birdies at 10 and 12 give him score of one-over-par for the round, five-under for the tournament.

The rest of the Irish get their rounds underway in the afternoon session with under-pressure Rory Mcilroy teeing off at 12:50.

McIlroy completed yesterday’s opening round with a three-over-par 74, putting himself under pressure to make the cut.

Padraig Harrington will join McIroy at the tee box. He sits five shots off the lead with an opening-round score of two-under-par.

Amateur Gavin Monyihan, who carded 69 for two-under yesterday morning, is under way at 2:30pm, with John Kelly and Cian McNamara, both shooting par yesterday, off at 1:30pm.

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