McGinley strengthens Irish bid

On a day when birdies were as scarce as hens teeth, Paul McGinley has strengthened the Irish presence at the Czech Open.

On a day when birdies were as scarce as hens teeth and bogeys abundant, Ryder Cup vice captain Paul McGinley has strengthened the Irish presence atop the Czech Open leaderboard.

McGinley shot a one-under 71 at the Prosper Golf Resort’s Miguel Angel Jimenez-designed Old Course to move up into a tie for 4th place at four under with Swede Oskar Henningsson and compatriot Peter Lawrie, who had led overnight at six under, but after just five holes on Friday, dropped shots on the second and fourth holes of his second round.

Also on four-under as the afternoon starters began gaining ground on the morning starters was Spaniard Alfredo Garcia-Herdia, who had picked up birdies on his first two holes and Swede Mikael Lundberg, who had parred the first.

Henningson, in the meantime, had picked up one shot and was playing the sixth hole.

Scot David Drysdale, who had been up at five under earlier in the day, had also fallen back into a tie at three under after negating his five birdies with two bogeys and a double bogey at the 18th and having to settle for a level-par 72.

France’s Victor Dubuisson, joint second overnight, fell back with four bogeys on the front nine, eventually closing off his second day’s play with a disappointing four-over 76 that dropped him back to one over. His only consolation is that he wasn’t the only one losing shots and by the end of the day he might still be a contender.