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Shane Lowry of Ireland tee’s off at the seventh during the second round of the ISPS Handa Wales Open at Celtic Manor Resort. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
Shane Lowry leads Wales Open by one
  • Golf
  • September 19, 2014, 18:50

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