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Last Updated: Friday, 18 July, 2003, 10:32 GMT 11:32 UK
Murphy undone by back nine
Murphy dropped three shots in two holes on his back nine
Gary Murphy got to level par on his front nine on Friday
Ireland's Gary Murphy got his name high on the leaderboard early in the second round at the Open Championship before dropping back into the pack.

The Kilkenny golfer started at two-over after his opening 73 but he picked up birdies at the fourth and fifth to move to level-par and joint-sixth at that stage.

Murphy, who was out in the opening three-ball of the day, bogeyed the ninth but the real damage came when he dropped four shots in three holes between the 14th and 16th.

His problems started with a double-bogey seven at the long 14th.

Murphy parred the final two holes which left him on five-over which ensured his participation for the weekend.

"I didn't do a whole lot wrong but dropped those four shots on three holes on the back nine," said Murphy.

"The course is very tough. I reckon par was really about three-over today," added the Irishman who earned a place at Sandwich by finishing in the top five at last week's Scottish Open.

Closing Clarke bogey

Paul McGinley safely made the cut after hitting a second round 73 which left him on eight-over.

Darren Clarke ended on the same mark after hitting his second successive 75 to also ensure his participation over the weekend.

The Dungannon golfer dropped a shot on the opening hole and his only birdie of the round came at the long fourth.

His three bogeys on the back nine included a six at the par-five 14th for the second day in a row.

A closing bogey left Clarke on the cut mark of eight-over.

Padraig Harrington picked up a stroke over his opening eight holes to move to three-over but three dropped shots saw him signing for a 73 and a six-over total.



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