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Graeme McDowell has eventful second round in Memphis

Graeme McDowell shot eight birdies in his second round 69 in Memphis
Martin McGoran

Graeme McDowell (right) shot his second successive round of 69 to comfortably make the cut at the FedEx St Jude Classic in Memphis, though he had to do it the hard way again.

If he thought his opening day's effort was eventful – six birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey – he topped that yesterday as he came home in 30 after going out in 39.

In total yesterday he fired eight birdies, five bogeys and a double bogey, with only four pars.

Two birdies on his front nine (starting at the 10th) were offset by bogeys at 10, 13, 17 and 18 and a double at the 12th, but all the damage was repaired with a sparkling second nine, scoring birdies at holes two, three, four, six, seven and nine, and only one bogey (fifth).

Seamus Power, who also opened with a 69, was among the late starters, and birdies at the first and fourth holes moved him to three-under, six off the lead, held in the clubhouse by Chez Reavie and Sebastian Munoz.

Meanwhile, England's David Horsey equalled the course record at Diamond Country Club to surge into contention for a fifth European Tour title in the Lyoness Open.

Horsey followed an opening 75 with a flawless 64 to climb more than 100 places up the leaderboard into a tie for fifth on five-under par, four shots behind halfway leader Felipe Aguilar of Chile.

Aguilar carded four birdies and two bogeys in a round of 70 to lead by two from Graeme Storm, with Oliver Fisher and Johan Carlsson a shot further back.

Home favourite Bernd Wiesberger birdied the final two holes to join compatriot Sepp Straka, South Africa's Zander Lombard and Horsey on five-under.

Ireland's only representative, Gary Hurley, missed the cut after adding a 74 to his opening 75 for a 149 total.

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