Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry charging up Olympic leaderboard

Chile’s Mito Perreira has posted the best full round of the day with a six-under 65 while Cameron Smith of Australia is also six-under through 14.
Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry charging up Olympic leaderboard

Rory McIlroy of Ireland with his caddy Harry Diamond. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry have put themselves in the perfect position to challenge for an Olympic medal over the weekend with a pair of exceptional rounds at the Kasumigaseki Country Club on Friday morning.

McIlroy’s five-under par 66 and Lowry’s six-under 65 leave the Irish pair on seven-under after two rounds, three shots off Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz who, at the time of writing is four-under toady through 13 holes and ten-under for the week.

McIlroy started the day on two under, seven shots behind the overnight leader, but a run of birdie, birdie, eagle from the sixth to eight holes helped him to six under by the 13th before coming off the course when the threat if lightning stopped play.

Another two birdies followed before a bogey on 18.

Lowry was a shot further back at the start of play but the 2019 Open champion recorded four birdies in his first eight holes to leave him in a tie for 15th before the players were called ashore. Three more birdies followed on the resumption.

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