Friday, July 07, 2017

Hebert and Im share lead at Irish Open halfway but Rahm is on their tail

Benjamin Hebert and Daniel Im will share a one-shot lead heading into the weekend at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation after another low-scoring day at Portstewart Golf Club in Northern Ireland.
The duo came into day two one shot ahead of the pack and remained there after both firing rounds of 67 to get to 13 under and lead the way from World Number 11 Jon Rahm.

The Spaniard also carded a 67 and he found himself a shot ahead of English duo Oliver Fisher and Matthew Southgate, and New Zealander Ryan Fox.

Starting from the tenth, Rahm opened with a birdie and while he dropped a shot on the 12th, he took advantage of the back-to-back par fives, eagling the 14th and birdieing the 15th.
Im also birdied the tenth and added further gains on 17th and first before dropping a shot on the third and when Rahm birdied the 18th with an approach to three feet, he led on his own.

A bogey on the first dropped Rahm back to ten under and that was a three-way tie as Hebert bounced back from a bogey on the 11th with a hat-trick of gains from the 12th.

A Rahm birdie on the second edged him back ahead but Im birdied the sixth and despite a heavy-handed third on the par four seventh, Im had the lead thanks to an impressive putt.

A poor second shot and a three-putt on the fourth from Rahm handed Im a two-shot lead but Rahm responded from 18 feet on the next before Im birdied the ninth, with his 47 putts over 36 holes the lowest total of the season so far.


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