Peter Lawrie in contention in Italian Open as Swedish outsider leads

Sweden’s Jens Fahrbring joint leader while Harrington, Clarke and McGinley make cut

Peter Lawrie: shot a 67 to lie four shots off the lead at the halfway stage of the Italian Open. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Peter Lawrie: shot a 67 to lie four shots off the lead at the halfway stage of the Italian Open. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

 

Sweden’s Jens Fahrbring is the surprise joint leader with Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard at the halfway lead in the Italian Open in Monza.

Peter Lawrie shot a 67 to lie four shots off the lead, while three other Irish players – Darren Clarke, Paul McGinley and Padraig Harrington – all made the cut and are on four under after 36 holes.

Fahrbring won the D+D Real Czech Challenge in May on the Challenge Tour but had missed the cut in all four of his European Tour events so far this year.

But despite not feeling 100 per cent, the world number 302 fired nine birdies and one bogey in a second round of 64 to join Bjerregaard, who shot 65, on top of the leaderboard on 13 under par.

“I am quite surprised where I am because I was not well at the start of this week,” the 31-year-old said. “I picked up a cold and a fever last week in Kazakhstan, so yesterday was a struggle and I didn’t expect to play so well.

Overnight leader Nicolas Colsaerts could only add a 70 to his opening 63 to lie two shots off the pace alongside Spain’s Pedro Oriol, France’s Romain Wattel and Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti. Two-time major winner Martin Kaymer was part of a five-strong group another stroke back on 10 under, the former world number one firing five birdies and an eagle in his 66.

Simon Thornton, Kevin Phelan, Damien McGrane and Gavin Moynihan all missed the cut.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.