Shane Lowry fired in seven birdies to climb into contention at the halfway mark of the Turkish Open in Antalya.

The Offaly man’s round of 66 saw him jump up 10 places on the board and he trails runaway leader Nicolas Colsaerts, by six shots on eight-under-par.

Lowry bogeyed the second hole but then went on a red-hot streak, picking up shots on 3, 5, 7, 13, 14, 16 and 17.

Unfortunately, he failed to get up and down at the last and dropped back to share fourth place with three others. 

It could have been better for the 30-year-old but he saw his tee shot on the 14th bounce off the pin.

Padraig Harrington, however, couldn’t add to his opening round of 65, which had him just one shot off the overnight lead.  

The Dubliner was one over par at the end of his round with two birdies and three bogeys to his name.

Paul Dunne also had a mixed round, carding four birdies, including one at the last, and three bogeys. 

He signed for a 70 and sits alongside Harrington on five under for the tournament. 

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