Shane Lowry hits another no-frills 71 in San Diego

Paul Dunne failing to follow up on strong first round at the Farmers Insurance Open

Shane Lowry and Paul Dunne were in action at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, California on Friday. Photograph: Stan Badz/Getty Images

Shane Lowry and Paul Dunne were in action at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, California on Friday. Photograph: Stan Badz/Getty Images

 

Ireland’s Shane Lowry recorded a solid no-frills second round 71 at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego on Friday.

The Offalyman is currently seven shots off the lead held by Gary Woodland, in a share of 33rdplace.

On Thursday he had finished birdie-birdie on the North Course to dip under par, carding a one-under 71 in his season opener. He continued in similar form starting off the back nine on Friday - with birdies on the 14th and 16th cancelled out by a bogey on the 13th. Birdies on the first and ninth then were similarly cancelled out by bogeys on the fourth and seventh for a second consecutive 71.

American journeyman Scott Brown who had a day earlier charged into a share of the first round lead with fellow American Andrew Loupe, has dropped down to seventh place. Through 14 holes he was one over while Loupe’s second round was going likewise after 10 holes.

In the lead through 15 second round holes is American big hitter Woodland at 10 under par, he hit five birdies on the front nine to build a two shot lead ahead of Dustin Johnson.

Meanwhile Paul Dunne, who had made an excellent start to his USPGA Tour career on Thursday with a three-under 69 to lie three shots off the lead, failed to follow that up on Friday. Through 11 holes the Greystones golfer was one over par.

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