Shane Lowry carded his first bogey-free round since February when he fired a five-under 67 in the second round of the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey.
The Offaly star (31) needs to start putting top 10 results on the board if he's to retain his PGA Tour card and after splitting with his longtime caddie during The Open, he took a giant step in the right direction last night.
His 67 was his first bogey-free round since he opened his season with four-under 67 at Monterey Peninsula Country Club in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am more than five months ago.
With his brother Alan on his bag, the world number 92 hit 15 greens in regulation, picking up birdies at all four par-fives and another from nine feet at the eighth.
Lowry had one hole of his weather-delayed first round to complete yesterday and made par to post a 70.
At seven-under par, he was tied for 23rd, six strokes behind clubhouse leader Kevin Tway, who fired a 65 to lead by a stroke from Korea's Whee Kim (65) and Keegan Bradley (63). Scores
Graeme McDowell followed an opening 67 with a 72 to slip back tied 44th on five-under-par but Seamus Power missed the four-under cut by two shots after a 74.
Ranked 119th in the FedEx Cup standings, he is now projected to fall to 124th with only the top 125 after next month’s Wyndham Championship keeping their cards.
In the fog-delayed Senior Open at St Andrews, Paul McGinley bogeyed the last for a one-over 73 to slip back to five-under par.
The Dubliner (51) is four strokes behind Spain's Miguel Ángel Jiménez (67) and Stephen Ames (69) who lead by a shot from defending champion Bernhard Langer and Americans Jeff Sluman and Kirk Triplett on nine-under par.
Veteran Des Smyth rallied with a two-under 70 to make the cut on one-over but Ronan Rafferty missed on three-over after a 75 in an event delayed by nearly two hours because of early morning fog.
Brendan McGovern shot 74 lto finish on four-over with Eamonn Darcy’s seven-over at the Home of Golf after a 75.
On the European Tour, American Bryson DeChambeau carded a four-under 68 in the second round of the Porsche European Open in Hamburg to lead by a stroke from England’s Richard McEvoy and Austria’s Mattias Schwab on 10-under par.
Masters champion Patrick Reed a shot further back after a 66, tied for fourth with France's Romain Wattel and Scot David Drysdale.
But while Mount Juliet's Gavin Moynihan shot a two-under 70, he missed the level par cut by three strokes with Derry's Ruaidhri McGee seven strokes further back after a 75
On the Challenge Tour in Austria, American Sean Crocker backed up his opening round 64 with a five-under-par 65 to lead the Euram Bank Open by one shot from Denmark's Joachim B Hansen at the halfway mark.
Ardglass' Cormac Sharvin fired a five-under 65 to trail Crocker by four strokes with Paul McBride nine-behind after a one-over 71 at Adamstal Golf Club.
Ballymena's Dermot McElroy shot 68 to make the two-under par cut with a shot to spare, but Gary Hurley bogey the 17th and double bogey the par-three 18th for a 69 to miss the cut by one.
Michel Hoey and Brian Casey (two-over), Jonathan Caldwell (six-over) and Shannon's Daniel Brennan (eight-over) also missed the cut.
On the Symetra Tour, Slieve Russell’s Leona Maguire was three under par after 11 holes when play was suspended for the day due to inclement weather in the Fuccillo Kia Classic of NY in Albany.
Stephanie Meadow, who is second on the money list in the race for ten LPGA Tour cards, did not get to start her opening round.