European Tour

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2018

July 05-08

Ballyliffin Golf Club, County Donegal

$7,000,000

July 05-08

Ballyliffin Golf Club, County Donegal

$7,000,000

Round 2

Trio share halfway lead at beautiful Ballyliffin

July 06, 2018

Erik Van Rooyen of South Africa carded the best round of the week to take a share of the halfway lead at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation – the fourth Rolex Series of the season - alongside first round leader Ryan Fox of New Zealand and Frenchman Matthieu Pavon.

Erik Van Rooyen, Trio share halfway lead at beautiful Ballyliffin, © Getty Images

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“The 18th was just the cherry on the cake today," said Van Rooyen. "I hit it beautifully, tee to green all day, and obviously I holed a few nice putts including one long one on my back nine. I’m playing very nicely."

Ballyliffin Golf Club, which has received rapturous praise as it hosts the historic national Open for the first time this week, proved a fair but challenging test once again for the stars of the European Tour.

Van Rooyen came closest to mastering the stunning Donegal links on day two, carding eight birdies for a seven under 65 which concluded with a superb birdie at the final hole, where he nearly found the hole with his approach and tapped in for an easy three.

“It was a fantastic first nine, straight out of the blocks, birdie on one and holes a nice bunker shot on six which was great after a poor shot after the tee. I kept it going, calm on the back nine and then nice to finish with two birdies. I’m a happy man.

“It’s exciting to lead at a Rolex Series event and leading here too. I haven’t played too much links golf, only the Dunhill Links and now this so I’m fairly new to it but I love it. It’s going to be a great weekend.”

The 28 year old enters the weekend on an eight under par total along with Pavon and Fox, all three chasing their maiden European Tour titles. Joakim Lagergren, who two months ago lifted the Rocco Forte Sicilian Open title and has won on Northern Irish soil on the Challenge Tour, was a shot back on seven under.

“I started not that great," said Pavon. "I hit some really bad shots, like on 18, I was lucky to be on the 17th fairway but it's pretty far left. But the putter was pretty warm and it keep me in touch with the scorecard and then I started playing well on the back nine, like the six or seven last holes were very good."

“It’s really exciting to be in this position because I love the crowd, the atmosphere of those Irish people and Scottish people. Like last year, the guys are so great out there, and keep pushing on every holes and I will enjoy that for two more days.”

The 2016 Masters Champion Danny Willett was among those two shots back on six under, while 23-time European Tour winner Lee Westwood was on his own on five under. Shane Lowry, meanwhile, enters the weekend six shots off the pace, Rory McIlroy carded a one over 73 for a one under total and Graeme McDowell and Paul Dunne will also both be around for the weekend, on level par and one over respectively.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
T1
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-8
71
65
136
T1
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-8
68
68
136
T1
Ryan Fox
NZL
-8
67
69
136
4
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-7
69
68
137
T5
Danny Willett
ENG
-6
68
70
138
T5
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-6
69
69
138
T5
Zander Lombard
RSA
-6
70
68
138
8
Lee Westwood
ENG
-5
68
71
139
T9
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-4
72
68
140
T9
Peter Uihlein
USA
-4
70
70
140
T9
Russell Knox
SCO
-4
71
69
140
T12
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-3
68
73
141
T12
Chris Wood
ENG
-3
70
71
141
T12
Dean Burmester
RSA
-3
71
70
141
T12
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-3
70
71
141
T12
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-3
72
69
141
T12
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-3
71
70
141
T12
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-3
72
69
141
T12
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
-3
69
72
141
T20
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-2
69
73
142
T20
George Coetzee
RSA
-2
71
71
142
T20
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-2
71
71
142
T20
Mikko Ilonen
FIN
-2
70
72
142
T20
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-2
72
70
142
T20
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-2
74
68
142
T20
Paul Waring
ENG
-2
71
71
142
T20
Renato Paratore
ITA
-2
75
67
142
T20
Shane Lowry
IRL
-2
72
70
142
T20
Simon Thornton
IRL
-2
72
70
142
T30
Aaron Rai
ENG
-1
72
71
143
T30
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-1
69
74
143
T30
David Horsey
ENG
-1
74
69
143
T30
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-1
69
74
143
T30
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
-1
72
71
143
T30
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-1
69
74
143
T30
James Morrison
ENG
-1
73
70
143
T30
Jens Dantorp
SWE
-1
72
71
143
T30
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
-1
69
74
143
T30
Jon Rahm
ESP
-1
74
69
143
T30
Julian Suri
USA
-1
76
67
143
T30
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-1
72
71
143
T30
Richard Sterne
RSA
-1
75
68
143
T30
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-1
70
73
143
T30
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-1
69
74
143
T30
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-1
70
73
143
T30
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-1
73
70
143
T30
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-1
70
73
143
T48
Adrien Saddier
SCO
Par
68
76
144
T48
Brandon Stone
RSA
Par
74
70
144
T48
Darren Fichardt
RSA
Par
72
72
144
T48
Graeme McDowell
NIR
Par
71
73
144
T48
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
Par
71
73
144
T48
Haydn Porteous
RSA
Par
73
71
144
T48
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
Par
74
70
144
T48
Marc Warren
SCO
Par
70
74
144
T48
Matteo Manassero
ITA
Par
72
72
144
T48
Peter Hanson
SWE
Par
71
73
144
T48
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
Par
73
71
144
T48
Richie Ramsay
SCO
Par
70
74
144
T48
Romain Wattel
FRA
Par
72
72
144
T48
Thomas Aiken
RSA
Par
71
73
144
T48
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
Par
73
71
144
T63
Adam Bland
AUS
1
76
69
145
T63
Andres Romero
ARG
1
70
75
145
T63
Andrew Dodt
AUS
1
74
71
145
T63
Andy Sullivan
ENG
1
73
72
145
T63
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
1
72
73
145
T63
Bradley Dredge
WAL
1
72
73
145
T63
Charlie Ford
ENG
1
73
72
145
T63
Daniel Brooks
ENG
1
74
71
145
T63
David Drysdale
SCO
1
76
69
145
T63
Julien Guerrier
FRA
1
76
69
145
T63
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
1
74
71
145
T63
Paul Dunne
IRL
1
73
72
145
T63
Robert Rock
ENG
1
68
77
145
T63
Thomas Pieters
BEL
1
73
72
145
CUT
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
2
75
71
146
CUT
Chris Paisley
ENG
2
72
74
146
CUT
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
2
76
70
146
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
2
76
70
146
CUT
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
2
73
73
146
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
2
73
73
146
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
2
71
75
146
CUT
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
2
75
71
146
CUT
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
2
74
72
146
CUT
Padraig Harrington
IRL
2
68
78
146
CUT
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
2
72
74
146
CUT
Richard Bland
ENG
2
74
72
146
CUT
Ruaidhri McGee
IRL
2
72
74
146
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
2
74
72
146
CUT
Andrea Pavan
ITA
3
74
73
147
CUT
Cormac Sharvin
NIR
3
73
74
147
CUT
Gavin Green
MAS
3
73
74
147
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
3
72
75
147
CUT
Jeff Winther
SWE
3
73
74
147
CUT
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
3
73
74
147
CUT
Lee Slattery
ENG
3
73
74
147
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
3
77
70
147
CUT
Mark Foster
ENG
3
77
70
147
CUT
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
3
72
75
147
CUT
Matthias Schwab
AUT
3
71
76
147
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
3
75
72
147
CUT
Nino Bertasio
ITA
3
80
67
147
CUT
Paul McGinley
IRL
3
73
74
147
CUT
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
3
76
71
147
CUT
Rak Cho
KOR
3
74
73
147
CUT
Ryan Evans
ENG
3
70
77
147
CUT
Scott Hend
AUS
3
78
69
147
CUT
Austin Connelly
CAN
4
75
73
148
CUT
Clement Sordet
FRA
4
74
74
148
CUT
Colm Moriarty
IRL
4
73
75
148
CUT
David Howell
ENG
4
73
75
148
CUT
Jordan Smith
ENG
4
73
75
148
CUT
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
4
75
73
148
CUT
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
4
73
75
148
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
4
74
74
148
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
5
75
74
149
CUT
Bradley Neil
SCO
5
79
70
149
CUT
Brett Rumford
AUS
5
78
71
149
CUT
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
5
77
72
149
CUT
Connor Syme
SCO
5
72
77
149
CUT
David Lipsky
USA
5
73
76
149
CUT
Gregory Havret
FRA
5
76
73
149
CUT
Haotong Li
CHN
5
73
76
149
CUT
Nico Geyger
CHI
5
75
74
149
CUT
Oliver Farr
WAL
5
77
72
149
CUT
Sebastien Gros
FRA
5
75
74
149
CUT
Thomas Detry
BEL
5
74
75
149
CUT
Daniel Im
USA
6
80
70
150
CUT
Jason Scrivener
AUS
6
73
77
150
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
6
72
78
150
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
6
73
77
150
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
6
77
73
150
CUT
Cian McNamara
IRL
7
76
75
151
CUT
Darren Clarke
NIR
7
75
76
151
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
8
80
72
152
CUT
Carlos Pigem
ESP
8
75
77
152
CUT
Laurie Canter
ENG
8
75
77
152
CUT
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
8
77
75
152
CUT
Neil O'Briain
IRL
8
78
74
152
CUT
Matt Wallace
ENG
9
80
73
153
CUT
Robert Karlsson
SWE
9
76
77
153
CUT
Scott Fernandez
ESP
10
75
79
154
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
11
75
80
155
CUT
Lasse Jensen
DNK
11
79
76
155
CUT
Pedro Oriol
ESP
11
78
77
155
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
11
77
78
155
CUT
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
12
78
78
156
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
12
78
78
156
CUT
Jason Norris
AUS
14
82
76
158
CUT
Chase Koepka
USA
15
78
81
159
DSQ
Ashun Wu
CHI
Par
73
73
146
DSQ
Trevor Immelman
RSA
Par
71
74
145
RET
Chris Hanson
ENG
Par
-
-
0
RET
Marcus Fraser
AUS
Par
76
-
76
RET
Henric Sturehed
SWE
Par
80
-
80
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
Total
T1
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-8
136
T1
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-8
136
T1
Ryan Fox
NZL
-8
136
4
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-7
137
T5
Danny Willett
ENG
-6
138
T5
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-6
138
T5
Zander Lombard
RSA
-6
138
8
Lee Westwood
ENG
-5
139
T9
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-4
140
T9
Peter Uihlein
USA
-4
140
T9
Russell Knox
SCO
-4
140
T12
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-3
141
T12
Chris Wood
ENG
-3
141
T12
Dean Burmester
RSA
-3
141
T12
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-3
141
T12
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-3
141
T12
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-3
141
T12
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-3
141
T12
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
-3
141
T20
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-2
142
T20
George Coetzee
RSA
-2
142
T20
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-2
142
T20
Mikko Ilonen
FIN
-2
142
T20
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-2
142
T20
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-2
142
T20
Paul Waring
ENG
-2
142
T20
Renato Paratore
ITA
-2
142
T20
Shane Lowry
IRL
-2
142
T20
Simon Thornton
IRL
-2
142
T30
Aaron Rai
ENG
-1
143
T30
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-1
143
T30
David Horsey
ENG
-1
143
T30
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-1
143
T30
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
-1
143
T30
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-1
143
T30
James Morrison
ENG
-1
143
T30
Jens Dantorp
SWE
-1
143
T30
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
-1
143
T30
Jon Rahm
ESP
-1
143
T30
Julian Suri
USA
-1
143
T30
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-1
143
T30
Richard Sterne
RSA
-1
143
T30
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-1
143
T30
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-1
143
T30
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-1
143
T30
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-1
143
T30
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-1
143
T48
Adrien Saddier
SCO
Par
144
T48
Brandon Stone
RSA
Par
144
T48
Darren Fichardt
RSA
Par
144
T48
Graeme McDowell
NIR
Par
144
T48
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
Par
144
T48
Haydn Porteous
RSA
Par
144
T48
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
Par
144
T48
Marc Warren
SCO
Par
144
T48
Matteo Manassero
ITA
Par
144
T48
Peter Hanson
SWE
Par
144
T48
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
Par
144
T48
Richie Ramsay
SCO
Par
144
T48
Romain Wattel
FRA
Par
144
T48
Thomas Aiken
RSA
Par
144
T48
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
Par
144
T63
Adam Bland
AUS
1
145
T63
Andres Romero
ARG
1
145
T63
Andrew Dodt
AUS
1
145
T63
Andy Sullivan
ENG
1
145
T63
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
1
145
T63
Bradley Dredge
WAL
1
145
T63
Charlie Ford
ENG
1
145
T63
Daniel Brooks
ENG
1
145
T63
David Drysdale
SCO
1
145
T63
Julien Guerrier
FRA
1
145
T63
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
1
145
T63
Paul Dunne
IRL
1
145
T63
Robert Rock
ENG
1
145
T63
Thomas Pieters
BEL
1
145
CUT
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
2
146
CUT
Chris Paisley
ENG
2
146
CUT
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
2
146
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
2
146
CUT
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
2
146
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
2
146
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
2
146
CUT
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
2
146
CUT
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
2
146
CUT
Padraig Harrington
IRL
2
146
CUT
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
2
146
CUT
Richard Bland
ENG
2
146
CUT
Ruaidhri McGee
IRL
2
146
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
2
146
CUT
Andrea Pavan
ITA
3
147
CUT
Cormac Sharvin
NIR
3
147
CUT
Gavin Green
MAS
3
147
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
3
147
CUT
Jeff Winther
SWE
3
147
CUT
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
3
147
CUT
Lee Slattery
ENG
3
147
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
3
147
CUT
Mark Foster
ENG
3
147
CUT
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
3
147
CUT
Matthias Schwab
AUT
3
147
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
3
147
CUT
Nino Bertasio
ITA
3
147
CUT
Paul McGinley
IRL
3
147
CUT
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
3
147
CUT
Rak Cho
KOR
3
147
CUT
Ryan Evans
ENG
3
147
CUT
Scott Hend
AUS
3
147
CUT
Austin Connelly
CAN
4
148
CUT
Clement Sordet
FRA
4
148
CUT
Colm Moriarty
IRL
4
148
CUT
David Howell
ENG
4
148
CUT
Jordan Smith
ENG
4
148
CUT
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
4
148
CUT
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
4
148
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
4
148
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
5
149
CUT
Bradley Neil
SCO
5
149
CUT
Brett Rumford
AUS
5
149
CUT
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
5
149
CUT
Connor Syme
SCO
5
149
CUT
David Lipsky
USA
5
149
CUT
Gregory Havret
FRA
5
149
CUT
Haotong Li
CHN
5
149
CUT
Nico Geyger
CHI
5
149
CUT
Oliver Farr
WAL
5
149
CUT
Sebastien Gros
FRA
5
149
CUT
Thomas Detry
BEL
5
149
CUT
Daniel Im
USA
6
150
CUT
Jason Scrivener
AUS
6
150
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
6
150
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
6
150
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
6
150
CUT
Cian McNamara
IRL
7
151
CUT
Darren Clarke
NIR
7
151
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
8
152
CUT
Carlos Pigem
ESP
8
152
CUT
Laurie Canter
ENG
8
152
CUT
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
8
152
CUT
Neil O'Briain
IRL
8
152
CUT
Matt Wallace
ENG
9
153
CUT
Robert Karlsson
SWE
9
153
CUT
Scott Fernandez
ESP
10
154
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
11
155
CUT
Lasse Jensen
DNK
11
155
CUT
Pedro Oriol
ESP
11
155
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
11
155
CUT
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
12
156
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
12
156
CUT
Jason Norris
AUS
14
158
CUT
Chase Koepka
USA
15
159
DSQ
Ashun Wu
CHI
Par
146
DSQ
Trevor Immelman
RSA
Par
145
RET
Chris Hanson
ENG
Par
0
RET
Marcus Fraser
AUS
Par
76
RET
Henric Sturehed
SWE
Par
80