Robert Rock is in a tie for the lead at -9 midway through the 2013 Irish Open at Carlton House in Kildare after testing conditions on Day 2.
The wind picked up as the day went on, making it difficult for the afternoon players and the scores reflected that, but Robert Rock and Peter Uihlein made the most of their morning tee-time to co-lead the tournament by two-shots to Shane Lowry and a host of others at -7.
A bogey free round helped Rock card a -6 round of 66. An eagle on the Par 5, 4th hole was the highlight of the day for the Englishman. Meanwhile American, Peter Uihlein who is gunning for his second win on the European Tour this year, built on his 5-under first round with a 4-under round on Friday.
Uihlein said that he thrived in the windy conditions on Friday, calling on the three and a half years he spent in Oklahoma.
“I spent three and a half years in Oklahoma where we would play in a tornado,” Uihlein said. “It was a good experience there, and I feel like in the wind, you don’t have to be perfect, which is what I kind of struggle with.”
“I would try and be too perfect sometimes and in the wind, you just play golf, you hit shots and you just try and manoeuvre it a little bit. I feel like when it gets windy, you have almost a little more room, so I enjoy it.”
After telling the media following the first round that he was feeling lost with his game, Rory McIlroy again struggled on Friday, missing the cut after shooting an even par round of 72 which includes 5 birdies and 5 bogeys.
It’s the inconsistency that’s hurting McIlroy at the moment. There’s enough good holes in his round that will put him in contention, but it’s the silly dropped shots that are costing him, and at the moment they’re outweighing the birdies.
Other notables to miss the cut are Graeme McDowell, Padraig Harrington and Darren Clarke. All past major winners who were playing in their home country.
After two bogeys to open his round, Shane Lowry responded with 6 birdies in his round but with two more dropped shots out there he could only manage a round of 70 and sits two shots off the pace, with 5 others including first round leader Oscar Floren.