Argentina close the gap

Making an early gain this morning, Argentina have trimmed Ireland’s lead at the Omega Mission Hills World Cup.

Making an early gain in this morning’s second round foursomes, Argentina trimmed Ireland’s lead at the Omega Mission Hills World Cup to two shots. Irish duo Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell combined brilliantly yesterday to card a superb 14 under par in the opening round of fourballs to move into a three-shot lead.
But with playing partners Rafa Echenique and Tano Goya combining to birdie the opening hole of the second round at the undulating Olazabal Course at Mission Hills Golf Club, the lead was trimmed to two.
Japan slipped five shots off the pace with an early bogey with defending champions Sweden, Italy, China and Singapore improving to nine under to join Hiroyuki Fujita and Ryuji Imada in pursuit of Ireland.
Canada remained at eight under with Wales, the United States and Venezuela posting early gains to move six shots off the pace.
The USA duo of Nick Watney and John Merrick reached the turn in three under with Venezuela picking up three shots over their opening eight holes.
England’s Ian Poulter and Ross Fisher started with two early birdies but a bogey left the pair seven under following yesterday’s disappointing 66 in fourballs.
World number eight Sergio Garcia continued to struggle alongside Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano as the pair wiped out three early gains with three consecutive bogeys after the turn following yesterday’s last place finish with a dismal three-under 69.