Irish trio make the cut as Min Woo Lee hunts Aussie double

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Min Woo Lee is on track for back-to-back DP World Tour titles on home soil as he continued his imperious form to hold a three-shot halfway lead at the ISPS HANDA Australian Open.

Lee carded a brilliant seven-under-par 64 in Friday’s second round as he played his final eight holes in six under to thrill the big galleries at The Australian Golf Club.

Having won the Fortinet Australian PGA Championship last week, the 25-year-old is looking to complete an impressive double of Australia’s two flagship tournaments.

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He finished his day in style with a sensational towering draw over water from pine straw for a tap-in eagle to reach 12 under and lead the way from Scotland’s Connor Syme and American Patrick Rodgers.

Victory over the weekend would be his third worldwide in less than two months and Lee is relishing being a star draw as he looks to cap a stellar year.

“It’s always nice to make an eagle whenever, but on the last hole, it’s even nicer,” Lee said.

“I didn’t think that we could beat last week’s crowds, but we’ve very nearly done it before the weekend, so it’s unreal.

“It’s really fun. Most of my golf has been really good because of the crowd and the support, and I’m really happy for that.

“I don’t think I missed a shot on the back nine, it was very solid stuff, he added. “That was a nice finish.”

From an Irish point of view, Portmarnock’s Conor Purcell leads the charge on four-under-par after a rollercoaster second round of 71.

Purcell is eight shots off the pace after mixing five birdies with a bogey and two double bogeys.

Mark Power made his first DP World Tour cut since the Horizon Irish Open despite carding a two-over 73 while Tom McKibbin made the cut on the number after carding a second round 69 to climb to two-under-par.

 

 

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