Fighting Irish: Lowry and Power challenging in Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Shane Lowry

Shane Lowry

Shane Lowry and Seamus Power broke par for the second round running to keep their hopes of a win alive in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am as Pádraig Harrington battled to avoided starting the season with three successive missed cuts.

Lowry completed a bogey-free 68 at Spyglass Hill, picking up birdies at the par-three second and par-five eighth when he returned to complete the last eight holes of his second round on Saturday.

At five under par, Lowry was tied for seventh, five strokes behind Jordan Spieth(65 PB), Derek Fathauer (64 MP) and world number one Jason Day (64 PB) on five under par.

It was another impressive ball-striking display for Lowry, who missed just three greens.

Power dropped just one shot in his second successive two-under 70, returning to Pebble Beach to play his remaining six holes in one under following Friday's suspension for fog.

The West Waterford man is ranked third in the field for scrambling with seven saves out of eight over the first two days and he'll be looking for a low round at Monterey Peninsula Country Club as he's tied for 13th on four-under par.

Harrington's scrambling let him down over the first two and a half days — he's saved par just five out of 13 times. But he birdied the par-three ninth at Monterey Peninsula to card a one-over 72 and go into the third round on three-over par with an outside chance of making the 54-hole cut.

The top 60s and ties make the final round at Pebble Beach and Harrington is just three strokes outside that mark despite racking up 32 putts in round two.

In the pro-am the top 25 teams make the final round and Lowry and Gerry McManus are tied 13th on 12 under, just four shots off the lead held by Tony Finau and Josh Duhamel (9).

Power and Calera Capital's Managing Partner, James Farrell, are just inside the projected cut mark on  11 under but Harrington and Dermot Desmond (11) are seven shots outside the mark in 115th.