Shane Lowry recorded a hole-in-one midway through his second round at the British Masters in Walton Heath to leave him just inside the projected cut mark. 

Lowry's topsy-turvy round, which started so promisingly, with an eagle and two birdies on his first three holes, appeared to be coming off the rails midway through his inward nine. 

The Offaly man registered a double bogey and two bogeys on holes 2, 3 and 4 (his back nine) before landing his spectacular hole in one on the fifth. 

Lowry held steady from there to close with a second round 71, leaving him at two over par after 36 holes, just inside the cut mark. 

As it stands, England's Eddie Pepperell enjoys a three-stroke lead following a second round 69, leaving him at eight under for the tournament. 

His compatriot Matt Wallace sits in joint second with France's Julien Guerrier on five under par. 

In contrast, tournament host Justin Rose was battling to make the cut after a bogey on the 10th left him one shot outside the projected mark of two over.

Defending champion Paul Dunne is still the best placed of the Irish contingent but recorded an underwhelming one over par 73 for the round,

The Greystones golfer suffered an unsightly triple bogey 8 at the 6th but rallied since, landing an eagle at the par 5 11th and sits at one under par for the competition. 

Padraig Harrington, widely tipped to be Europe's next Ryder Cup captain, went round in 74 and finished his tournament just outside the cut line on three over par.