McDowell one behind leader Parry
US Open champion Graeme McDowell was upstaged by world number 317 John Parry on day two of the Austrian Open.
US Open champion Graeme McDowell was upstaged by world number 317 John Parry, who carded a second-round 67 to take the lead at the Austrian Open in Atzenbrugg.
McDowell held the clubhouse lead on seven under with Jose Manuel Lara only for Parry to overtake him with the joint-best round of the day.
The 23-year-old Challenge Tour graduate had a flawless round with five birdies to take top spot by one shot, but he admitted there was plenty of golf left to be played.
“It’s a bit early to be looking at leaderboards – we’re only in the second round,” said Parry, a Walker Cup team-mate of Rory McIlroy.
“It is a lead, though, so I’m happy going into the weekend in front. I’d always prefer to be in the lead than not.”
A good finish at the Diamond Country Club should be enough to secure Parry’s card for next season – something Lara is looking to achieve as well.
“I still feel young in myself, but there are many young Spanish guys coming up now and already have their cards,” said the 33-year-old, who could not match his opening 66 as he signed for a 71.
“I need to fight this year and that’s what I’m doing.”
McDowell, who is playing in his last event before next month’s Ryder Cup, birdied four of his first five holes after starting on the back nine.
Having dropped a shot at the 17th he claimed it back at the next and followed up with nine successive pars.
“It’s very much the old cliche of a game of two halves, this golf course,” McDowell told europeantour.com.
“This front nine’s quite tricky and you’ve got to drive the ball unbelievably well to have any chance of making birdies.
“On the back nine it’s a lot more three woods and hybrids off the tees which offers you a few more opportunities and I think the greens are a little flatter as well.
“I think I’m two over par for the front nine and nine under par for the back nine overall so I certainly know where I need to make up some shots on the weekend.”
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