The Irish pairing of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry have dropped to 17th place after round two of the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne.
A poor finish to the round cost both Irish players. McDowell bogeyed the last for a level par 71 before Lowry finished with back-to-back bogeys for a 72 as they ended the day ranked 17th of the 20 nations on six over par. The US side of Kevin Streelman and Matt Kuchar are three clear of Denmark on 10 under. Thomas Bjorn added a second-round 68 to his opening 66 to take the individual lead into the third day but the United States team hold a three-stroke lead.
The 42-year-old Dane leads Kevin Streelman by one stroke after the American paid a high price for thinning a bunker shot on the ninth hole, making a double bogey to surrender a four-shot lead accrued yesterday.
Streelman is, however, on course to defend the team title for the USA alongside Matt Kuchar – the pair reached 10 under par at the midway stage.
Kuchar started the second round with birdies on the first two holes and held on for a three-under 68.
The Danish team of Bjorn and Thorbjorn Olesen are the closest challengers on seven under par.
Bjorn said: "There were a couple of things that happened on the golf course today that really tested me. I three-putted the first, so I got caught a little bit."