Dunne stutters as Justin Rose assumes control on day two of Turkish Open

Paul Dunne hit a level-par 71 as Justin Rose took the lead on day two of the Turkish Airlines Open.

Dunne went into the second round on Friday morning with a one-shot lead over Justin Rose, Padraig Harrington and Thorbjorn Olesen in joint-second, after putting in an impressive seven under-par 64 on day one.

However, following the play today — during which the 25-year-old Greystones-native dropped five shots — Dunne has dropped to tied 11th, while Rose hit a six-under round of 65 to take a two shot lead at 12 under-par.

Dunne’s struggles on day two started early, with a bogey on the second, before rebounding with birdies on the fifth and eighth to put him on eight-under going into the back-nine.

Disaster struck on the 10th, as Dunne hit a double-bogey to kick-off a difficult back-nine for the Wicklow man. An eagle on 12 cancelled out the double-bogey, before a birdie on 14 put him within two-shots of Justin Rose.

Unfortunately, while Rose ended his round with a birdie on thr 18th to finish a solid round, Dunne finished with bogeys on the 16th and 18th to expand the gap to five-shots.

Meanwhile,  Padraig Harrington gained one shot on his round one tally after hitting a one-under 70, bringing him level with Dunne in 11th-place on seven under-par. Birdies on the first and ninth were cancelled out by bogeys on the fourth and fifth.

It was on the back nine where Harrington gained a shot on yesterday, with birdies on 12th and 17th, as well as an eagle on the 15th.

Elsewhere, Shane Lowry also hit a one-under round of 70. Birdies on the second, third, ninth and 12th put him to within one shot of Paul Dunne on seven under-par.

However, a disappointing finish, with a bogey on 13 and double-bogey on 17, saw Lowry end his second-round on four under-par going into the third day.

The 2018 Turkish Airlines Open continues on Saturday the 3rd of November, with play teeing off at 9am live on Sky Sports Golf and Sky Sports Main-Event.

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