Graeme McDowell fires second successive round of 69 in Italian Open

Graeme McDowell
Graeme McDowell watches his shot during the second round of the Italian Open

Graeme McDowell moved to four under par at the Italian Open after a second 69 in a row in Monza to lie tied for 50th.

The former US Open winner from Portrush, who has slipped to 141st in the world rankings, carded two birdies to go with 16 pars on Friday.

British Masters winner Paul Dunne is the best of the Irish contingent on six under after a 69 left him joint 27th.

Australia's Marcus Fraser and Englishman Matt Wallace top the leaderboard on 13 under.

Shane Lowry missed the cut on two under following a 71, while Padraig Harrington also sits out the weekend action after a 69 left him on level par.

It was a quiet second round from McDowell, with the birdies coming at the sixth and 11th.

McDowell enjoyed a return to form last week by finishing tied 15th at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

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