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Lowry dares to dream of Open glory

Shane Lowry
Shane Lowry

By Vincent Hogan

Shane Lowry is adamant old wounds won't open as he heads into the weekend, joint leader of the 148th Open Championship.

The Clara man shot a second successive 67 at Royal Portrush to share top spot on eight under with American JB Holmes.

Lowry was in scintillating form, making six birdies over the first 10 holes for outright leadership before dropped shots on 14 and 18 brought him back to Holmes and one ahead of English pair, Tommy Fleetwood and Lee Westwood.

Having lost a four-shot lead in the final round of the 2016 US Open at Oakmont, Lowry was inevitably asked about the pressures that bear down in golf for someone "sleeping with the lead".

Asked if he'd allowed himself to think of winning The Open, he replied "You start thinking about it when people start asking you about it. Look, I'm obviously going to be thinking about it tonight. There's no point in shying away from it.

"I'm in a great position. But, my God, have we a long way to go. There's two rounds of golf on this course against the best field in the world.

"I've been doing great this year. I need to go out and shoot the best score I can tomorrow and, hopefully, it leaves me in a decent position going into Sunday."

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