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Fisher roars into Irish Open lead after storming second round

| 30.07.2010

Englishman Ross Fisher has rocketed to the top of the Irish Open leaderboard having carded a second round of 61.

Starting the day on two under par, the 29-year-old shot a string of birdies as he took the Killarney course by storm to lead on 12 under par.

Fisher still has a chance of making the Europe team for the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, which Europe are 8/15 to win.

His closest competition in the clubhouse was Spaniard Gonzalo Fdez-Castano, who had moved to within four shots of Fisher at nine under par.

The best placed Irishman at the midway point in the second round was Padraig Harrington, whose 67 saw him finish on seven under.

The two-time Open champion won in Killarney in 2007, and he is in prime position to become the second Irishman in succession to win the Irish Open, following Shane Lowry’s 2009 triumph.

Seung-Yul Noh carded a solid 69 to finish his second round on seven under par, and the South Korean could be a dark horse.

Also in the clubhouse on seven under was Anders Hansen, and the Dane’s second round of 68 has put him in a decent position to clinch the trophy.

Pre-tournament favourite Rory McIlroy made a solid start to his second round, moving to six under after the first four holes.

McIlroy, Harrington and Fisher will all be hoping to feature in the Ryder Cup. Who do you think will be victorious? The USA are 15/8 to win. See the full Ryder Cup Betting Odds market.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.