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McDowell among leaders at half-way point of crucial Canadian Open

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland plays his shot from the seventh tee during the second round of the RBC Canadian Open at Hamilton Golf and Country Club on June 07, 2019 in Hamilton, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images)
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland plays his shot from the seventh tee during the second round of the RBC Canadian Open at Hamilton Golf and Country Club on June 07, 2019 in Hamilton, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images)

Graeme McDowell is in contention at the halfway stage of what could be a crucial week for the Portrush golfer.

McDowell is eight under par after a second round 67 at the Canadian Open.

The 39-year-old needs to finish in the top 10 and as one of the top three unqualified players to secure a spot at this summer’s Open Championship in his home town.

After his second round in Ontario, McDowell was in a tie for third at eight under par.

Starting at the 10th, McDowell was three under after his opening nine but two further birdies were cancelled out on his closing stretch to finish three under for the day and two behind leader Brandt Snedeker.

The afternoon starters, including Rory McIlroy, however, were just getting their second rounds under way when McDowell came off the course.

McIlroy began the day at three under par.

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