Lowry and Poulter dazzle in green, if not on the green at Zurich Classic

Adam McKendry
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Lowry and Poulter dazzle in green, if not on the green at Zurich Classic

Shane Lowry and Ian Poulter react on the 18th green during the second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Shane Lowry and Ian Poulter will head into the weekend at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans six shots off the lead after another eye-catching day at TPC Louisiana, as much for their wardrobe choices as for their golf.

Sporting matching outfits for the second day in a row – this time a fetching white shirt and green trousers ensemble – the pair had a roller-coaster back-nine as a three-under 69 leaves them just within touching distance of Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele.

Playing the foursomes format, where players take it in turns to hit a shot with the same ball, bogeys at the second and fourth either side of a birdie at the third was all they could muster on the front-nine, but the back-nine was a different story.

Two birdies immediately after the turn were followed by a bogey at the par-four 12th, but further birdies at the 13th, 15th and 18th has them in a position to make a move over the weekend.

The pairing of Seamus Power and Graeme McDowell proved not to be a dream one, however, as they missed the cut thanks to a second round 74 that left them at five-under-par for the week.

The all-Irish pairing only had one birdie on day two, which came at the par-five second to give them hope of mounting a run, but instead three bogeys left them three shots off the cut line and with the weekend off.

Cantlay and Schauffele maintained their first round lead with a five-birdie, one-bogey 68 in their second round which, along with their tournament record 59 on day one, means they hold a one-shot advantage at the top going into the weekend at 17-under.

The pairings of Aaron Rai and David Lipsky, and Doc Redman and Sam Ryder share second at 16-under after both recorded rounds of 61 and 67 on days one and two, with Wyndham Clark and Cameron Tringale and the all-South African duo of Garrick Higgo and Branden Grace at 15-under.

The format reverts back to four-ball better-ball for Saturday’s third round, with foursomes the fourth round format on Sunday.

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