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Ireland duo two shots off the lead at World Cup of Golf

Paul Dunne and Shane Lowry are in action for Ireland in the World Cup of Golf.
Paul Dunne and Shane Lowry are in action for Ireland in the World Cup of Golf.

Ireland's Shane Lowry and Paul Dunne are just two shots off the pace after round one of the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne.

The pair shot an eight under par 64 to lie two adrift of England's Ryder Cup team-mates Ian Poulter and Tyrrell Hatton, Korea and Australia who are all tied at -10.

Defending champions Denmark, represented again by Thorbjorn Olesen and Soren Kjeldsen, are just a shot off the lead alongside Belgium's Thomas Pieters and Thomas Detry and the Malaysian pair of Gavin Green and Ben Leong.

Lowry and Dunne were flying at six under through nine but picked up only two more shots in the back nine.

Joint-leaders Poulter and Hatton were unsurprisingly satisfied with their day's work.

"I think we're quite happy with that," Poulter said. "On a day like today you have to make some birdies. We made enough to get on the top of the board, which is the main goal.

"We dovetailed nicely. When one was out of position, the other one was in position and that's exactly what you have to do in fourballs. Foursomes is a completely different game.

"This golf course will be a lot more difficult tomorrow and obviously Sunday, so we've got a couple of days of enjoyable golf and then there's a couple days of stressful golf. We are happy with the start but there is a lot of golf to be played over the next three days."

Australia, who are represented by Marc Leishman and Cam Smith, recorded an eagle and eight birdies in their 62 and Leishman said: "I think it was very important for us to get off to a good start.

"You don't want to be fighting back the whole tournament. Cam had his putter going today, which was great, and we combined pretty well."

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