NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland (AP) Scotland's Richie Ramsay and Austria's Bernd Wiesberger shared the early second-round lead Friday at the Irish Open, while Rory McIlroy faced an uphill struggle to make the cut.
Ramsay was on target to match the club record of 66 at Royal County Down but narrowly bogeyed his final hole to finish 4 under for the day, and 3 under overall, just like Wiesberger. Ireland's Padraig Harrington was one shot back.
McIlroy, whose Rory Foundation charity is hosting the Irish Open, faced likely elimination as he teed off in the afternoon in front of a cheering sellout crowd of 20,000.
He finished Thursday tied for 150th place after shooting 9-over 80, his worst round of the season. He exited early from the previous two Irish Opens.