PORTRUSH, United Kingdom (AFP) – Ireland’s Shane Lowry shot a four-under par 67 to claim a share of the lead with J.B. Holmes at the British Open as 15-time major winner Tiger Woods and pre-tournament favourite Rory McIlroy missed the cut on Friday.
Resuming on four-under, Lowry birdied four of the opening five holes and picked up another two shots on eight and 10.
However, he bogeyed the 14th and 18th coming home to fall back level with overnight leader Holmes on eight-under.
McIlroy fell just short with a brave attempt to make the weekend after a horrendous eight-over round on Thursday left him with a huge mountain the climb.
The home favorite posted the joint best round of the day with a six-under 65 to get back to two-over, but missed out by just one shot with the cut at one-over.
Woods was also made to pay for his 78 on Thursday as a one-under par round left the Masters champion still on six-over.
England’s Tommy Fleetwood and Lee Westwood are just one shot off the lead on seven-under, while world number one Brooks Koepka also kept himself in the hunt for a fifth major on five-under.