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Offalyman 
joint-leader at 
Wentworth as 
McIlroy prowls 
in the chasing pack

Joint-leader Shane Lowry is feeling in form going into the business end of the BMW PGA Championship.

The Offalyman carded a two-under 70 in his second round to join Thomas Bjorn at the top of the leaderboard at Wentworth yesterday.

Luke Donald carded a superb 67 to finish six under par, four shots behind joint-leaders Bjorn - who added a 72 to his course record 62 on the opening day - and Lowry, and one ahead of the likes of Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson.

Mentally

Lowry won the Irish Open in bad weather as an amateur in 2009 and is a massive fan of Wentworth, finishing fourth here in 2011 and 12th last year.

“I was good out there today,” said Lowry, whose best finish of the season was a share of 15th in the Spanish Open last week. “I was mentally there and really enjoyed it.

“It was tough for the front nine with the rain and stuff but it was a nice back nine and I managed to take advantage of it.”

Earlier in the day, McIlroy

A front nine of 38 left the former world number one just a shot outside the projected cut mark, but he eagled the 12th for the ­second day running and added birdies at three of the last four holes for a 71.

McIlroy announced on Wednesday that he had called off his planned November wedding to former world number one tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, even though the invitations had just been sent out.

“I was apprehensive going out yesterday, I honestly didn’t know what to expect and it was good I had the quick turnaround to get back on the golf course,” the 25-year-old said.

“I have exceeded my expectations so far. Once you get inside the ropes you are concentrating on your golf and it’s almost a nice four or five-hour release to concentrate on the job at hand.

“I stood here yesterday saying that I would be happy to make the cut and I’m in for the weekend, which is nice.

“Hopefully I can make a run at it. I feel like I’m playing well enough to shoot something in the mid 60s and get myself in the mix going into Sunday.”

Simon Thornton (74, 68, -2 overall), Pádraig Harrington (69, 76, -1) and Damien McGrane (71, 75, +2) were the other irish to make the cut.


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