Lucas Herbert led after the first round and Min Woo Lee was thereabouts as well at the Irish Open at Mt Juliet in County Kilkenny. Jason Scrivener has put two quality rounds together over the first two days to be well in contention. Aussies playing well in Ireland in the lead up to the British Open. Wayne Riley was on the commentary team delivering his unique and slightly silly insights into professional golf at the highest level in Europe. The strong cultural roots Australia shares with the Irish were clearly on display. Alison Whitaker was, also, brightening up the, often, droll commentary team on the European tour.
Rory Under the Spotlight at the Irish Open
Rory McIlroy was the main focus for the TV coverage available via Fox Sports, especially as this was the Irish Open. Tommy Fleetwood and the defending champion John Catlin were in Rory’s three ball grouping. Rory was at 5 under, Fleetwood likewise, and Catlin at 7 under par. Min Woo Lee was at 8 under par after his first two rounds. Leading the tournament was Christiaan Bezuidenhout at 9 under, as was Richard Bland, and Dale Whitnell. Andrew Johnston was at 7 under. Fans were enjoying this fine display of golf on course.
A Good Pointer for the Open Championship
Richie Ramsay got it to 9 under par as well. Ten players were within a couple of shots of the lead. The Irish Open has been a good pointer to in form golfers who have traditionally performed well in the Open Championship in a week or two. It would be great to see an Aussie do well here on Sunday. Equally we would all love to see an Australian right in contention for the Open at Royal St Georges. The defending champion is still the Irishman Shane Lowry from 2019, as it was cancelled in 2020 because of Covid.
Lucas Herbert with a 67 remains the round 2 leader at 13 under par. Andy Sullivan and Grant Forrest are at 11 under. Jason Scrivener has got it to 8 under after two rounds to be another well-placed Aussie. Scrivener is enjoying his best year on the tour with consistent high-level results. This tournament is the best opportunity for an Australian to take home the chocolates on the European tour in a long time. The Irish Open beckons for some well placed Australian golfers if one of them can get the job done.