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Harrington & Lowry team up to make strong start at Zurich Classic

At the Volvo China Open, Paul Dunne is four shots off the lead.

Lowry and Harrington: in the mix (file photo).
Lowry and Harrington: in the mix (file photo).
Image: Richard Sellers

THE ALL-IRISH team of Pádraig Harrington and Shane Lowry put themselves firmly in contention with an excellent opening round at the Zurich Classic.

Harrington and Lowry combined to a shoot a nine-under par 63 in the team event, leaving them three shots off the lead after day one in New Orleans.

Two teams share the lead on -12, with American pair Chez Reavie and Lucas Glover joined by China’s Xinjun Zhang and Zecheng Dou at the top of the leaderboard.

In a change from the format used at the inaugural team tournament last year, the 80 two-man teams will play a round of fourballs (Thursday) and a round of foursomes (Friday) before the halfway cut.

The top 35 teams and ties then progress to the weekend where again they will play a round of fourballs (Saturday) and a round of foursomes (Sunday).

Seamus Power is also in position to stick around for the weekend after he and team-mate David Hearn of Canada posted a six-under par 66 for a share of 32nd place.

Elsewhere, Paul Dunne is poised to challenge for the €435,000 first prize after two days at the Volvo China Open.

The Greystones golfer shot a second-round 68 on Friday to move to five-under par, four shots behind leader Matt Wallace of England.

– Updated 15.10: Clarification that this is the second year of team play at the Zurich Classic; the 2018 format is slightly different from the inaugural 2017 event, now finishing with foursome play on Sunday.

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