Three-way tie for leading Irishman as Nothern Ireland Open nears final round

Mark McGowan

Daniel Mulligan (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Liam Grehan, Daniel Mulligan and Cameron Raymond are tied for the honour of leading Irishman as day two concluded at the Clutch Pro Tour’s Northern Ireland Open at Galgorm Castle.

Heavy rain put a halt to proceedings on day one, with most of the afternoon wave in the early stages of their opening rounds and Mulligan is the only one of the aforementioned trio to have completed his second round as he sits in the clubhouse tied for 14th at -2 after an excellent 66 in round two, while Grehan and Raymond have three and nine holes respectively to complete before the third and final round gets underway.

With the cut currently sitting at the +2 mark, of the 16 other Irishmen in the field, John-ross Galbraith sits alone on the right side of the line, posting +1 with 36 played.


Eoin O’Brien, Conor O’Rourke and Owen Crooks all have an outside chance of making it through, though at +4, +4 and +5 respectively, they’ll need to finish strongly when play resumes on Thursday morning, while Rowan Lester will need to navigate his final six holes in -4 to earn a third-round tee time.

England’s Mitch Waite, who shot a course record round of 60 on day one, continues to lead the way as he’d pick up another four strokes to get to -14 through 32 holes. Waite has an eagle, 13 birdies and just the one bogey to his name.

He enjoys a seven-stroke lead over fellow countryman Brandon Robinson Thompson in second who’s played a dozen holes in round two, with Daniel Smith and Tom Plumb one further adrift on -6.


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