DP World Tour
Jul 2nd, 2022
Campillo out front at Horizon Irish Open
Spaniard leads by one heading into the weekend
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The County Kilkenny venue saw four seasons in a day as heavy rain and cold weather moved in for the afternoon starters, but not before Campillo had set the clubhouse target at eleven-under in more favourable morning conditions.
“I played great over the last two days, so I can't complain. It was great two days," said Campillo.
"Today was a little tougher than yesterday and I managed to play okay as well, so I'm quite happy about it."
Power and Lowry, playing together in front of huge crowds, set off on different paths early on in the tricky conditions – World Number 36 Power embarked on a birdie run of five in seven holes at the midway point of his round to move right into contention, while former Open Champion Lowry struggled to get going and was in clear danger of missing the cut.
“It was a good day. Overall pleased going into the weekend," said Power.
"It was a funny day because I didn't start off - everything was a little loose but from like six onwards I felt very much in control in all aspects so it was a lot of good stuff."
A stunning finish, however, delighted the local support as Lowry birdied all of the last four holes – finishing in style by holing a 20-footer at the last amid wild celebrations - to make the cut by a shot, while Power also picked up a birdie at the challenging final hole to move to eight under par.
“It was pretty cool. To be honest, I had kind of resigned myself to the fact I was going home, packing my bags," said Lowry.
"Don't know if I've ever birdied the last four to make a cut so that's a first. I'm just happy to be in the weekend."
The 35-year-old, who grew up less than an hour away in County Waterford, will enter the weekend just three shots off the pace. Recent U.S. Senior Open winner Pádraig Harrington will also entertain the spectators at the weekend after he finished with back-to-back birdies to join Lowry on a three-under-par total.