Aaron Rai shines, Dean Burmester lurks at Irish Open

Englishman Aaron Rai carded a level-par 70 to take the clubhouse lead on the Irish Open, the place play was suspended in a single day attributable to darkness on day two at Galgorm Fortress Golf Membership.

There have been nonetheless 9 teams left to complete their second rounds earlier than play was halted.

The 25-year-old, whose maiden victory acquired proper right here on the 2018 Hong Kong Open, birdied the last word to place himself at five-under on the midway mark.

“It was good. Barely little little bit of a combined bag out there in the marketplace however I think about it’s to be anticipated, the course carried out so sturdy,” stated Rai, who’s looking for his second European Tour victory.

Rai is one stroke away from fellow countryman Robert Rock, South Africa’s Dean Burmester and Swede Joakim Lagergren on four-under.

Burmester acknowledged that the circumstances in Ballymena was sturdy however talked about that he’s glad collectively alongside along with his place heading into the weekend.

“It was a battle. I did not putt nearly together with I did yesterday, so I’’l be off to the inserting inexperienced shortly. I am proud of the simplest approach I achieved,” stated the South African.

“Positively with the wind correct now (the greens are strong). A great deal of the holes the place you is perhaps uphill, downhill throughout the path of the outlet and straight down wind. Tempo was key.

“I am fairly cozy. I am shocked to be the place I’m. I am merely cozy to have one totally different go, I have been prime ten just a few conditions going into the weekend so hopefully we’ll play it a bit bigger this weekend.”

Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington signed for a disappointing five-over 75 and a six-over full which sits one stroke exterior of the cut back mark, whereas reigning Open Championship winner Shane Lowry’s second spherical 72 and seven-over full meant he wouldn’t be at Galgorm for the weekend.

– Compiled by Sport24 employees

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