Lowry, Fitzpatrick surge to halfway lead at PGA Championship
(Reuters) - British Open Champion Shane Lowry and local favorite Matthew Fitzpatrick both fired seven under par 65 in the second round of the BMW PGA Championship to share the lead halfway through on Friday.
The duo, who finished third after Thursday's opening rounds of 67, went under 12 for the tournament at the Wentworth Club in Surrey to land a punch ahead of co-leader Tyrrell Hatton, who stayed in the competition with a 67.
"This morning was a beautiful morning. In the beginning it was very cold and the ball went far, no wind and it was nice to play," said Irishman Lowry, who had seven birdies.
"Luckily I took advantage of that and got some good results."
Fitzpatrick was well on his way to beating Paul McGinley's tournament record for the lowest score after 36 holes - 13 under 13 in 2008 - but a double bogey on the eighth hole ruined the Englishman's chances.
However, the 26-year-old said he was happy with his seven birdies and an eagle on the fourth hole.
"This is my best position I've had here. I love the golf course. I always felt that it suited my game," said five-time European Tour winner Fitzpatrick.
"I never really started here ... if I can just keep playing the way I played, including putting in a few putts, there's no reason I can't finish."
The Spaniard Adri Arnaus, who was leading alongside Hatton and the South African Justin Harding after the first round, was sixth with Scot Grant Forrest.
Harding had a disappointing day with a lap of 81 while ninth world champion Patrick Reed, the leader of the Race to Dubai, climbed 10th with 68 and finished 10th.
Brit David Howell produced a moment of magic for the highlights role and shot a hole-in-one on the 14th.
(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by Ken Ferris)
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