Dubai Duty Free Irish Open R2

Leader Lombard loving Lahinch links

July 04-07
Lahinch GC, Lahinch, Co. Clare, Republic of Ireland
$7,000,000
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Round 1, Round 3, Round 4

Irish Open R2 - Leader Lombard loving Lahinch links
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Zander Lombard continued his love affair with links golf at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open as the South African carded a second round 67 to take the halfway lead at Lahinch Golf Club with a nine under total, one stroke clear of Englishman Eddie Pepperell.

“I’m so comfortable on links courses. It’s never just a normal shot. It’s always a little three-quarter, a little punch, judging the wind right. I’ve had great success on links golf in my amateur career. It’s just more good feelings here and hopefully I can take them into the weekend.

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“It’s really just been hard graft the last three months. I went through a bit of a bad spell, missing a few cuts by one, and just stuck to the process of my team. It just came together at the right time, I suppose, and I’m happy with the results so far.”

The 24-year-old announced himself to the golfing world last year at The Open Championship when he played his way into contention during the first three rounds at Carnoustie Golf Links, and that experience stood him in good stead during day two in the second Rolex Series event of the 2019 Race to Dubai.

Pepperell, who signed for a second round 67 for an eight under total, will look to bolster his own links record as he chases a third European Tour victory and a first Rolex Series triumph.

The 28-year-old came close to winning this title at Royal County Down in 2015, losing out to Søren Kjeldsen in a three-way play-off, and also finished tied for sixth alongside Tiger Woods in last year’s Open Championship.

“We saw Lahinch probably a bit more the way we should see it today. It would be nice to have one day here with 20 mile-an-hour winds, just to see the score. It would be entertaining. Lahinch is a pleasure to play though, it’s a lot of fun.

“I’m not hitting the ball perfectly, but my short game has been feeling good, and I guess we’ll just see how the weekend goes, but I have to concentrate.”


Former World Number One Lee Westwood will have his sights set on a second Rolex Series win after a three under 67 moved the Englishman to a three-way tie for third on seven under alongside Mexico’s Abraham Ancer and Jorge Campillo of Spain.

“It was a bit tricky. There was drizzle and the wind was up a little bit more. And the front nine plays the hardest nine, so you know you could make a couple of bogeys early on, which I did. You’ve just got to keep riding it out, not panic, and you know there’s going to be a few chances on the back nine.

“It’s a fantastic golf course. A lot is made of the blind par three, but the other three par threes that you can see are spectacular, aren’t they. All in all, I think it’s a great golf course, a lovely test, and really examines every part of your game.”


The 46-year-old is part of a strong chasing pack, which includes his fellow former Ryder Cup players Andy Sullivan, Thorbjørn Olesen – both in a share of sixth on six under – and Rafa Cabrera Bello, who lies on five under alongside defending Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Champion Russell Knox and Cormac Sharvin of Northern Ireland, among others.

Seamus Power rallied with seven birdies in his final 12 holes to join three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington on four under – five off the pace – while Shane Lowry was two shots further back on two under par.


Pos.
Player
Nat
Score
R1
R2
Total
1
Zander Lombard
RSA
-9
64
67
131
2
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-8
65
67
132
T3
Abraham Ancer
USA
-7
66
67
133
T3
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-7
69
64
133
T3
Lee Westwood
ENG
-7
66
67
133
T6
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-6
68
66
134
T6
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-6
65
69
134
T6
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
-6
65
69
134
T6
Niklas Lemke
SWE
-6
68
66
134
T6
Brandon Stone
RSA
-6
67
67
134
T6
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-6
65
69
134
T12
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-5
66
69
135
T12
Cormac Sharvin
NIR
-5
66
69
135
T12
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
-5
67
68
135
T12
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-5
65
70
135
T12
Oliver Wilson
ENG
-5
66
69
135
T12
Paul Waring
ENG
-5
67
68
135
T12
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-5
69
66
135
T12
Russell Knox
SCO
-5
67
68
135
T12
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-5
68
67
135
T21
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-4
63
73
136
T21
Matt Wallace
ENG
-4
68
68
136
T21
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-4
68
68
136
T21
Haotong Li
CHN
-4
68
68
136
T21
Martin Kaymer
GER
-4
66
70
136
T21
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-4
67
69
136
T21
Seamus Power
IRL
-4
70
66
136
T21
Tom Lewis
ENG
-4
68
68
136
T21
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-4
68
68
136
T21
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-4
67
69
136
T31
Robert Rock
ENG
-3
67
70
137
T31
Grant Forrest
SCO
-3
71
66
137
T31
Chris Paisley
ENG
-3
65
72
137
T31
George Coetzee
RSA
-3
70
67
137
T31
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
-3
69
68
137
T31
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-3
67
70
137
T31
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-3
68
69
137
T38
Max Schmitt
GER
-2
70
68
138
T38
Thomas Detry
BEL
-2
70
68
138
T38
Jon Rahm
ESP
-2
67
71
138
T38
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-2
71
67
138
T38
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-2
68
70
138
T38
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-2
70
68
138
T38
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-2
68
70
138
T38
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-2
70
68
138
T38
Gavin Green
MAS
-2
66
72
138
T38
Liam Johnston
SCO
-2
68
70
138
T38
Shane Lowry
IRL
-2
66
72
138
T38
Andres Romero
ARG
-2
68
70
138
T38
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-2
67
71
138
T38
Victor Perez
FRA
-2
70
68
138
T38
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-2
71
67
138
T53
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-1
72
67
139
T53
Sam Brazel
AUS
-1
68
71
139
T53
Anton Karlsson
SWE
-1
67
72
139
T53
Ian Poulter
ENG
-1
66
73
139
T53
Richard McEvoy
ENG
-1
71
68
139
T53
Jeff Winther
SWE
-1
72
67
139
T53
Robin Dawson
IRL
-1
68
71
139
T53
Clement Sordet
FRA
-1
71
68
139
T53
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-1
70
69
139
T53
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-1
69
70
139
T53
Lee Slattery
ENG
-1
65
74
139
T53
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-1
72
67
139
T53
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-1
67
72
139
T53
Richard Sterne
RSA
-1
72
67
139
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
Par
71
69
140
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
Par
69
71
140
CUT
Andrea Pavan
ITA
Par
70
70
140
CUT
David Howell
ENG
Par
69
71
140
CUT
Justin Harding
RSA
Par
72
68
140
CUT
Louis De Jager
RSA
Par
72
68
140
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
Par
71
69
140
CUT
Paul McBride
IRL
Par
70
70
140
CUT
Ben Evans
ENG
1
71
70
141
CUT
Darren Fichardt
RSA
1
73
68
141
CUT
David Horsey
ENG
1
69
72
141
CUT
David Law
SCO
1
68
73
141
CUT
Eduardo De La Riva
ESP
1
72
69
141
CUT
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
1
70
71
141
CUT
Haydn Porteous
RSA
1
68
73
141
CUT
Jake McLeod
AUS
1
73
68
141
CUT
Matthew Southgate
ENG
1
69
72
141
CUT
Matthias Schwab
AUT
1
71
70
141
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
1
72
69
141
CUT
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
1
69
72
141
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
1
68
73
141
CUT
Romain Langasque
FRA
1
69
72
141
CUT
Sam Horsfield
ENG
1
72
69
141
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
1
72
69
141
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
2
71
71
142
CUT
Brian Casey
IRL
2
70
72
142
CUT
Danny Willett
ENG
2
68
74
142
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
2
70
72
142
CUT
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
2
70
72
142
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
2
67
75
142
CUT
James Morrison
ENG
2
71
71
142
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
2
70
72
142
CUT
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
2
74
68
142
CUT
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
2
69
73
142
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
2
72
70
142
CUT
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
2
71
71
142
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
2
71
71
142
CUT
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
2
70
72
142
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
2
71
71
142
CUT
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
2
73
69
142
CUT
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
2
70
72
142
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
3
73
70
143
CUT
Conor O’Rourke
IRL
3
71
72
143
CUT
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
3
69
74
143
CUT
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
3
72
71
143
CUT
Richie Ramsay
SCO
3
69
74
143
CUT
Sang-Hyun Park
KOR
3
68
75
143
CUT
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
3
72
71
143
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
3
72
71
143
CUT
Thomas Pieters
BEL
3
73
70
143
CUT
Dean Burmester
RSA
4
70
74
144
CUT
Graeme McDowell
NIR
4
72
72
144
CUT
Julian Suri
USA
4
72
72
144
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
4
73
71
144
CUT
Renato Paratore
ITA
4
70
74
144
CUT
Scott Hend
AUS
4
73
71
144
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
4
68
76
144
CUT
Thomas Aiken
RSA
4
71
73
144
CUT
Ashley Chesters
ENG
5
75
70
145
CUT
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
5
74
71
145
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
5
73
72
145
CUT
Nacho Elvira
ESP
5
73
72
145
CUT
Jordan Smith
ENG
5
73
72
145
CUT
Michael McGeady
IRL
5
71
74
145
CUT
Ross Fisher
ENG
5
71
74
145
CUT
Stuart Manley
WAL
5
69
76
145
CUT
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
5
70
75
145
CUT
Ashun Wu
CHI
6
73
73
146
CUT
Chris Wood
ENG
6
70
76
146
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
6
72
74
146
CUT
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
6
68
78
146
CUT
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
6
71
75
146
CUT
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
6
71
75
146
CUT
Jason Scrivener
AUS
6
76
70
146
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
6
71
75
146
CUT
Joost Luiten
NED
6
70
76
146
CUT
Kim Koivu
FIN
6
72
74
146
CUT
Kurt Kitayama
USA
6
73
73
146
CUT
Sean Crocker
USA
6
74
72
146
CUT
Andrew Johnston
ENG
7
71
76
147
CUT
Darren Clarke
NIR
7
71
76
147
CUT
Pelle Edberg
SWE
7
75
72
147
CUT
Trevor Immelman
RSA
7
78
69
147
CUT
Ryan Fox
NZL
10
73
77
150
CUT
Scott Jamieson
SCO
10
73
77
150
CUT
Kalle Samooja
FIN
11
75
76
151
CUT
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
11
71
80
151
CUT
David Lipsky
USA
12
75
77
152
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
12
73
79
152
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
12
74
78
152