Clarke and Harrington bow out

Updated: July 30, 2011

British open winner Darren Clarke and Padraig Harrington have both failed to make the cut at the Irish open.

Clarke playing in his first tournament since his famous win in Sandwich lost 4 shots in his final 8 holes to slip to one over and the golfing equivalent of an early shower. Meanwhile for Harrington it is a case of back to the drawing board again, the Dubliner failing to make the cut for the second successive tournament and looks set to slide further down the world rankings from his current position of 64th.

However there is still plenty to cheer for Irish fans with Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy both making it through.

G-Mac is sitting on 4 under after the opening 36 holes well in contention to mount a challenge. The 2010 US open champion will head into the third round 6 shots off leader Marcel Siem who shot a 66 to move to 10 under one ahead of first round leader Jeev Milkha Singh of India and Denmark’s Soren Hansen.

McIlroy meanwhile is level on four under with McDowell, the Holywood native shooting a 68 to move to 4 under for the tournament.

However while he might be the darling of Irish golf at the moment, he is not the leading Irish men in Killarney with Amateur Paul Cutler, Damien McGrane, Peter Lawrie and Michael Hoey all sharing that mantle , with the quartet all on six under. will have live score updates on all GAA Championship matches over the summer.

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