The Open 2019: Shane Lowry shares lead at Royal Portrush

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'Birdie, birdie, birdie!' - Lowry’s lightning start
bbc.comIreland's Shane Lowry shares the lead at The Open after a four-under-par second-round 67 which included six birdies in 10 holes.Lowry is on eight under alongside American JB Holmes, with England's Tommy Fleetwood and Lee Westwood a shot back.Another Englishman, Justin Rose, is on six under after a 67 at Royal Portrush.
Three-time winner and current Masters champion Tiger Woods missed the cut after finishing on six over.It is only the third time in 21 attempts the 15-time major winner has not made the weekend at The Open, and only the 10th time in majors he has missed the cut. Seven of those have come in the past 13 tournaments.
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Fellow American and 2013 champion Phil Mickelson ended his campaign with a 74 for eight over. It is the first time both he and Woods have exited the same major after the first two rounds.Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland's strongest hope of a home win, looks set to miss the cut following an eight-over 79 on Thursday, with European Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter and 2013 Masters winner Adam Scott also struggling on the County Antrim course.The biggest challenge to a European win might come from world number one Brooks Koepka and 2017 winner Jordan Spieth, who are both on five under.American Brooks, seeking his fifth major in two years, followed Thursday's 68 with a 69, and compatriot Spieth produced an eagle on the par-five seventh on his way to a 67.Australia's Cameron Smith and Justin Harding are among those in contention, on six under.
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Fast-finishing Fleetwood fires into contention with a 67
'2019 has the potential to be great'
Fleetwood, last year's US Open runner-up, has gradually improved his final placing at his home major over the past few years.He missed the cut in his first three attempts before a tied 27th in 2017 and tied 12th in 2018.On Friday, the 28-year-old continued his impressive start to this year's campaign with six birdies en route to a 67."I felt like I was a lot more stress-free," said Fleetwood, whose last win was in Abu Dhabi in January 2018."I made two or three good par-saves, but I enjoy the challenge."It seemed like a much more scoreable morning, but the course doesn't allow for many birdies so you have to be patient."My major performances haven't been as good as the previous year. It's been a quieter year, but with the potential to be great - I've been up there two or three times on the PGA Tour and not won."
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