How the Irish players performed at Adare
Paul McGinley topped the Irish charts on a bad day for the 17-strong home brigade at Adare Manor.
The Dubliner, 40, was the only man to match par on a day when Damian Mooney racked up a nightmare 92 and Irish champion David Mortimer an 88.
Deep rough and water hazards took their toll on the Irish contingent and even Padraig Harrington had to play second fiddle for a change with three three-putts ruining his round.
Paul McGinley (E) 72
Five birdies and five bogeys for the Dubliner in an event he'd dearly love to win. Didn't hit the ball as well as he can but had just 28 putts.
Padraig Harrington (+1) 73
Three three-putts stopped the Dubliner in his tracks on greens that do not suit him. Saved pars at the last two holes to remain well in the hunt.
John Dwyer (+1) 73
Great score by the Ashbourne professional, who was three over with seven to play but birdied the short fourth and sixth coming home.
Gary Murphy (+2) 74
A couple of three putts marred an otherwise solid day for the Kilkenny man. Missed just three fairways and four greens.
Graeme McDowell (+2) 74
A bogey at the 17th and a drive into the river at the 18th turned a sub par round into a 74. One under with two to play, McDowell missed the fairway at the 17th and then three-putted the last after a visit to the Maigue off the tee.
Damien McGrane (+3) 75
A poor day on the greens for the Knightsbrook professional, who did well to shoot 75 after three bogeys in the first four holes.
David Higgins (+3) 75
A double bogey on the 16th ruined an otherwise solid day for the Waterville man who drove the ball brilliantly but took 32 putts.
Peter Lawrie (+4) 76
Hopping mad after a lost ball cost him a triple bogey seven at the 14th, his fifth, Lawrie held it together well with birdies at both par threes on the way home.
Noel Fox (+4) 76
Playing on an invite, the former amateur ace had a solid opening nine with a bogey at the 14th and a birdie at the 16th. A double at the third and bogeys at the fifth and eighth cost him.
Pat Murray (+4) 76
Fine effort from the Limerick amateur who was three over par after four holes. A double bogey at the 14th put him five over but he birdied the 17th to finish near the middle of the field.
Simon Thornton (+5) 77
The Royal County Down assistant was just one over after six but dropped five shots in three holes in a 7-5-7 run from the seventh before playing the back nine in one under.
Philip Walton (+6) 78
A disappointing start for one of Ireland's best loved players. The 1995 Ryder Cup player had a double at the ninth to turn in 39 and then bogeyed three of the last four.
Peter Martin (+6) 78
The 18th caused major problems for the Ulsterman as he ran up a triple bogey eight to turn in 39. Three back nine bogeys added to a miserable day that left him near the back of the field.
Michael Hoey (+8) 80
Incurred a two stroke penalty at took a triple bogey seven at the 11th, when he slammed his club in the bunker after failing to get out at the first attempt.
He said: "I just had a fit of the headstaggers. I knew the rules but was so annoyed."
Leslie Walker (+8) 80
Back to back doubles at the 17th and 18th left the Dundalk pro with a lot to do on his back nine. A triple at the par-three sixth hammered his hopes.
David Mortimer (+16) 88
The reigning Irish PGA champion had a nightmare day at the office with seven bogeys, two double bogeys and a quadruple bogey eight at the 14th.
Damian Mooney (+20) 92
Dead last in the fied, the Belfast pro had a nightmare day with a triple at the eighth and a TEN at the par five ninth. Finished with a quadruple bogey NINE at the par-five 18th.