reland's Padraig Harrington tees off the 10th during day two of The Irish Open. PA
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Padraig Harrington and Shane Lowry among stars to miss cut at Irish Open

The Dubliner slipped the wrong side of the projected cut after a bogey on the 18th hole.

Updated at 21.48

PADRAIG HARRINGTON AND Shane Lowry were among those to miss the cut at the Irish Open today.

2009 champion Shane Lowry had a poor opening round of 75 and while he produced an improved performance on Friday, it still was not good enough to continue into the weekend, as he finished on seven-over.

Fellow Irish golfers Paul Dunne (+9), Gavin Moynihan (+11), Tom McKibbin (+11) and Cormac Sharvin (+17) endured a similarly frustrating day and missed the cut.

There was better fortune for Colm Moriarty and Mark Power, however, as they finished the day on four-over and five-over overall respectively to keep themselves in action.

Elsewhere, James Sugrue (+3), Damien McGrane (+2) and Jonathan Caldwell (+2) all had to finish prematurely owing to fading light and will complete their rounds in the morning. In total, 27 players will be required to finished their second round on Saturday.

Harrington, who was playing in his first tournament in six months, slipped the wrong side of the projected cut after a bogey on the 18th hole left him on six-over overall.

Afterwards, the Dubliner told RTÉ Sport that his performance was better than his disappointing score suggested.

“I was just happy to be out there to be honest,” he said

“It’s a pity. It’s going to be one [shot] too many by the looks of it. I didn’t take my chances early on and then got a few swirling winds, didn’t chip very well. I played a lot better than my score, but these things happen.

It’s fine. There was some good stuff at times. I’d always take positives from it. My short game was poor — normally it’s my strength. That can be expected when you’ve not been out playing.

“I second-guessed myself a few times on a few shots. That’s the sort of thing that goes away with play.”

Englishman Aaron Ran (-5) currently leads the way at Ballymena, despite a disappointing level-par 70 today.

South Africa’s Dean Burmester, England’s Robert Rock and Sweden’s Joakim Lagergren are all close behind on four-under.


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