Benjamin Hebert, France, and Daniel Im of the USA still sit on top of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open after two rounds at Portstewart Golf Club, in Northern Ireland.
Daniel and Benjamin both carded -5 under par 67 second rounds to continue their occupation of the top spot on the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, leaderboard, and will take a one shot advantage into the weekend at -13 under par.
Daniel needed only 22 putts today;
“I just kind of plugged along and just kind of kept putting and playing and hitting balls and putting and ended up with 22 putts.”
“I’ve actually been struggling with my putting the last few weeks. And then I just kind of kept working on it, and tried to read the greens a little bit better. Tried to get the pace right.”
“You get to learn to play a different type of golf, with all different weather and different conditions.”
“I’ve learned to play different types of shots, getting to up and down from different places, different types of grass. I feel as if day by day I’m getting better.”
Jon Rahm, Spain, stays in third place, one shot back at -12 under par, he also carded -5 under 67 in the second round, and stays well in touch with the leaders, but he three putted the 4th hole, which cost him a share of the lead;
“It was a little windier and a little colder today for the first few holes which always makes it a little harder.”
“But I was able to adjust, and starting the way I started with two perfect shots to two feet for birdie, it kind of gives me a lot of confidence.”
“And then hang on till that putt on 14 and making that bomb for eagle really got me going.”
Three players are tied in fourth place at -11 under par, Oliver Fisher and Matthew Southgate, both from England, and both scoring -4 under 68 today, are joined by Ryan Fox, of New Zealand, who returned a second round of -6 under par 66. Matthew is the only player to be bogey free through 36 holes. Ryan could become only the second Kiwi winner of the Irish Open after Michael Campbell 14 years ago.
The defending Champion, and tournament host Rory McIlroy continued his golfing decline by missing the cut at his own tournament.