IRISH OPEN: Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke will play over weekend

Darren Clarke in action at Royal County Down
Darren Clarke in action at Royal County Down

Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke both made it through to the weekend at the Irish Open but it’s going to take something remarkable for them to get into contention.

McDowell followed up his opening round 72 with a four over par 75 while Clarke switched the scores around, adding a 75 to his opening 72.

On another day of attrition at Royal County Down, McDowell two-putted the 18th green for a birdie that saw him make the cut right on the five over mark.

“I’d have been really disappointed to be going home tonight because I felt like I hit a lot of good shots over the last couple of days and I felt it was slipping away from me on the back nine with some clumsy putting,” said Graeme.

“It’s been a little bit like that over the last couple of weeks. Last week I putted poorly and I’m struggling again this week.”

Darren Clarke was also fretting about his putting claiming that it was, ‘right up there with one of the worst I have ever done’.

“I kept giving myself chances and chances, hardly missed a green. It obviously was nice to have a better score than yesterday but with the way I hit it, it should have been a lot better today,” said the Ryder Cup captain.

Just six of the home contingent made the cut with Paul McGinley, Padraig Harrington, Simon Thornton and Shane Lowry.