European Golf Tour
Lowry jumps into 36-hole lead at Wales Open



City of Newport, Wales (SportsNetwork.com) - Shane Lowry fired a second- round, 6-under 65 on Friday to take a 1-shot lead heading into the weekend at the Wales Open.

Lowry, who has two career wins on the European Tour, finished 36 holes at 9- under 133. Lowry's last victory came at the Portugal Masters in 2012.

"I felt like coming over that I could give it a go this week," said Lowry. "I was around 10th going into the back nine on Sunday last week, and similar the week before in Switzerland. If I can get myself in a good position come the back nine this weekend, again, hopefully I can give it a go."

First-round leader Joost Luiten, who entered the day three shots ahead of Lowry, shot a 2-under 69 at The Celtic Manor Resort and he is one shot back at 8-under 134 along with Nicolas Colsaerts (68).

Edoardo Molinari made the biggest move up the leaderboard on Friday with an 8- under 63, putting him a tie for fourth with Thongchai Jaidee (67) at 7-under 135.

Gregory Havret and Patrik Sjoland shot matching 67s, while Tommy Fleetwood and Ricardo Santos carded 68s and they are all tied for sixth at minus-6. European Ryder Cup team member Jamie Donaldson (67) finished 36 holes tied for 10th at 5-under 137 with Phillip Price (66) and Marc Warren (67).

Defending champion Gregory Bourdy (71) finished at 3-over 145 and he missed the cut.

After recording three bogeys in the first round, Lowry was very consistent on the second day. After starting with a par on the first, Lowry poured in his first birdie on the par-5 second. Following three straight pars, he added another gain on No. 6, getting Lowry to 2-under.

Lowry's third birdie came at the par-4 eighth and he made the turn at minus-3 after a par on No. 9. Lowry added three more birdies on the back nine as well on Nos. 10, 13 and 15. He closed things out with three straight pars to end with a bogey-free 65.

"There is still a long way to go in the tournament, but I'm really looking forward to the weekend," Lowry said. "I didn't drive it that good yesterday, but still shot a decent score. I drove it a lot better today, drove it a lot straighter and gave myself a lot of chances and rolled in a few putts, so it was nice."

Luiten, beginning his day on No. 11, started off with a birdie at the par-5. After three straight pars from 12, Luiten made his second gain on No. 15 and he made the turn with another birdie on 18.

It was a slow final stretch for Luiten, however, as he made bogey on No. 2 and closed out his round with all pars the rest of the way.

Colsaerts, who was one shot behind Luiten in second place at the start of the day, made three birdies on the front nine at one, five and seven. A slow start to the back nine with bogeys on 10 and 11 had Colsaerts at just 1-under for the round.

The Belgian rattled off six straight pars before finishing strong with an eagle on the last. It was the second straight day Colsaerts eagled the par-5 18th hole.

Molinari also shot a bogey-free round, which included three birdies on the front nine and five more on the back nine.

NOTES: Lowry's other victory on tour came at the 2009 Irish Open ... In his last two events, Lowry finished tied for 13th and tied for 28th ... Luiten has already made nine birdies on the back nine through two rounds ... Andrew McArthur, who started the round tied for second with Colsaerts, shot a 3-over 74 on Friday to fall into a tie for 22nd at 2-under ... With the cut falling at 1-over-par 143, 73 players advanced to the weekend.

09/19 16:01:47 ET