Dubai Duty Free Irish Open R2

Rai shines at Galgorm Castle

September 24-27
Galgorm Castle Golf Club, Ballymena, Northern Ireland
€ 1,250,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Irish Open 2020 R2 - Rai shines at Galgorm Castle
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Aaron Rai carded a level par 70 to take the clubhouse lead at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, where play was suspended overnight due to darkness following a morning frost delay on day two at Galgorm Castle Golf Club.


“It was good. A bit of a mixed bag out there but I think it is to be expected, the course played so tough.

“I think driving it is key around here with how thick the rough is and I think for most part I have driven it well the last few days, a lot of shots out of the fairway which can then give you a couple of chances to certain pins, and when I have had chances I have made a few putts as well. So probably a mix of driving and putting.



“It is so tightly bunched and doesn’t really take that much but probably a little bit of what has already happened this week. A few extra putts go in, also when I have been out of position, I have got up-and-down a few times, so it is just a couple shots being saved here and there coming into the weekend.

There were still nine groups left to finish their second rounds before play was halted, but it was Englishman Rai who led the field going into the weekend as he chases the second European Tour title of his career.


The 25-year-old, whose maiden victory came at the 2018 Honma Hong Kong Open presented by Amundi, birdied the last for a level par 70 and a five under total.

That moved him one stroke clear of Robert Rock, Dean Burmester and Joakim Lagergren on four under. Ryder Cup Captain Padraig Harrington signed for a disappointing five over par 75 and a six over total which sits one stroke outside of the cut mark, while Shane Lowry’s second round 72 and seven over total meant he would not be at Galgorm for the weekend.



“It was a fight,” said Burmester. “I didn’t putt nearly as well as I did yesterday, so I’ll be off to the putting green shortly. I’m happy with the way I finished. After I hit the fairway on 17 I said to my caddie: “birdie, birdie finish, we’re only one behind.” That’s how it panned out, so I’m happy. I haven’t played a round without a birdie in a long time so I was stressing over that little one.

“Certainly with the wind today (the greens are tricky). A lot of the holes where you’re uphill, downhill towards the hole and straight down wind. Speed was key. You could have missed some greens after hitting it in two – you could have missed with your third shot on a couple of the holes. They are quick and with the wind and the way it’s playing, it’s going to be an interesting weekend.

“I’m pretty happy. I’m surprised to be where I am. I’m just happy to have another go, I’ve been top ten a few times going into the weekend so hopefully we’ll play it a little better this weekend.”




Sebastian Soderberg had to withdraw from the Open after being notified Thursday night of coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Soderberg tested negative but must self-isolate for 14 days in accordance with Northern Ireland public health guidelines.




Pos.
Player
Thru
Today
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Aaron Rai
F
E
-5
65
70
135
T2
Dean Burmester
F
1
-4
65
71
136
T2
Joakim Lagergren
F
-4
-4
70
66
136
T2
Robert Rock
F
-3
-4
69
67
136
T5
John Catlin
F
E
-3
67
70
137
T5
Ewen Ferguson
F
-3
-3
70
67
137
T5
Justin Harding
F
-1
-3
68
69
137
T5
Scott Hend
F
-1
-3
68
69
137
T5
Jordan Smith
15
2
-3
65
65
T5
Toby Tree
14
1
-3
66
66
T5
Maverick Antcliff
10
-3
-3
70
70
T12
Lucas Herbert
F
-3
-2
71
67
138
T12
Jazz Janewattananond
F
E
-2
68
70
138
T12
David Law
F
-1
-2
69
69
138
T12
Julien Guerrier
12
E
-2
68
68
T16
Sean Crocker
F
-3
-1
72
67
139
T16
Daan Huizing
F
-1
-1
70
69
139
T16
Richard Bland
12
-3
-1
72
72
T16
Oscar Lengden
9
2
-1
67
67
T20
Marcus Armitage
F
1
E
69
71
140
T20
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
F
1
E
69
71
140
T20
Oliver Farr
F
E
E
70
70
140
T20
Calum Hill
F
E
E
70
70
140
T20
Adrian Meronk
F
-1
E
71
69
140
T20
Clement Sordet
F
E
E
70
70
140
T20
James Sugrue (a)
16
3
E
67
67
T27
Stephen Gallacher
F
4
1
67
74
141
T27
Joost Luiten
F
E
1
71
70
141
T27
James Morrison
F
-1
1
72
69
141
T27
Laurie Canter
16
-2
1
73
73
T27
Dave Coupland
15
-1
1
72
72
T32
Adri Arnaus
F
-1
2
73
69
142
T32
Lucas Bjerregaard
F
4
2
68
74
142
T32
Rikard Karlberg
F
5
2
67
75
142
T32
Niklas Lemke
F
4
2
68
74
142
T32
Wilco Nienaber
F
2
2
70
72
142
T32
Fabrizio Zanotti
F
2
2
70
72
142
T32
Lars van Meijel
F
1
2
71
71
142
T32
Damien Mcgrane
13
2
2
70
70
T32
Jason Scrivener
12
-1
2
73
73
T32
Jake McLeod
11
2
2
70
70
T32
Jonathan Caldwell
10
1
2
71
71
T43
Alejandro Cañizares
F
2
3
71
72
143
T43
Jack Senior
F
3
3
70
73
143
T43
Martin Simonsen
F
5
3
68
75
143
T43
Dale Whitnell
F
2
3
71
72
143
T47
George Coetzee
F
3
4
71
73
144
T47
Mathieu Fenasse (a)
F
2
4
72
72
144
T47
Joachim B. Hansen
F
2
4
72
72
144
T47
Craig Howie
F
1
4
73
71
144
T47
Ross McGowan
F
1
4
73
71
144
T47
Colm Moriarty
F
-1
4
75
69
144
T47
Garrick Porteous
F
1
4
73
71
144
T47
Shubhankar Sharma
F
2
4
72
72
144
T47
Matthew Southgate
F
E
4
74
70
144
T47
Joël Stalter
F
E
4
74
70
144
T47
Richard McEvoy
15
2
4
72
72
T47
Darius van Driel
12
1
4
73
73
T47
Wil Besseling
9
E
4
74
74
T60
Steven Brown
F
4
5
71
74
145
T60
Aaron Cockerill
F
E
5
75
70
145
T60
Scott Jamieson
F
6
5
69
76
145
T60
Masahiro Kawamura
F
1
5
74
71
145
T60
Mark Power (a)
F
1
5
74
71
145
T60
Richie Ramsay
F
4
5
71
74
145
T60
Antoine Rozner
F
2
5
73
72
145
T60
Max Schmitt
F
2
5
73
72
145
T60
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
F
2
5
73
72
145
T60
Ben Stow
F
5
5
70
75
145
T60
Romain Wattel
F
1
5
74
71
145
T60
Søren Kjeldsen
15
-1
5
76
76
T60
Callum Shinkwin
15
3
5
72
72
T60
Bernd Ritthammer
9
1
5
74
74
T74
Ashley Chesters
F
-3
6
79
67
146
T74
Nicolas Colsaerts
F
3
6
73
73
146
T74
Padraig Harrington
F
5
6
71
75
146
T74
Tyler Koivisto
F
3
6
73
73
146
T74
Francesco Laporta
F
3
6
73
73
146
T74
Damien Perrier
F
5
6
71
75
146
T74
Kristoffer Reitan
F
4
6
72
74
146
T74
Graeme Storm
F
6
6
70
76
146
T74
Jeff Winther
F
-1
6
77
69
146
T74
Ashun Wu
F
E
6
76
70
146
T84
Michael Campbell
F
2
7
75
72
147
T84
David Drysdale
F
4
7
73
74
147
T84
Garrick Higgo
F
9
7
68
79
147
T84
Shane Lowry
F
2
7
75
72
147
T84
Edoardo Molinari
F
3
7
74
73
147
T84
Carlos Pigem
F
3
7
74
73
147
T84
Julian Suri
F
6
7
71
76
147
T84
Matthew Baldwin
13
4
7
73
73
T84
Jbe Kruger
12
4
7
73
73
T84
Lee Slattery
10
5
7
72
72
T94
Wade Ormsby
F
8
8
70
78
148
T94
Steven Tiley
13
3
8
75
75
T94
Benjamin Poke
11
2
8
76
76
T97
Paul Dunne
F
4
9
75
74
149
T97
David Horsey
F
3
9
76
73
149
T97
David Howell
F
7
9
72
77
149
T97
Connor Syme
F
8
9
71
78
149
T101
Mikko Korhonen
F
8
10
72
78
150
T101
Zach Murray
F
6
10
74
76
150
T101
Yikeun Chang
11
4
10
76
76
T104
Ryan Fox
F
3
11
78
73
151
T104
Tom McKibbin
F
8
11
73
78
151
T104
Gavin Moynihan
F
7
11
74
77
151
T104
Liam Johnston
15
7
11
74
74
T108
Marc Warren
F
8
12
74
78
152
T108
Daniel Young (a)
F
7
12
75
77
152
T108
Johannes Veerman
12
10
13
73
73
T111
Gaganjeet Bhullar
F
8
13
75
78
153
T111
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
F
5
13
78
75
153
T111
Min Woo Lee
F
8
13
75
78
153
114
Robin Roussel
F
9
14
75
79
154
T115
Oliver Fisher
F
7
15
78
77
155
T115
Marcus Kinhult
F
10
15
75
80
155
117
Haydn Porteous
F
12
16
74
82
156
118
Cormac Sharvin
F
4
17
83
74
157
119
Andrea Pavan
F
6
19
83
76
159
WD
Sebastian Soderberg
4
74
74