Shane Lowry and Ian Poulter lie six strokes behind the leading pair of Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans.

Five off the lead after the opening day fourballs, they struggled on the opening nine in the foursomes on Friday but they rallied again on the back nine.

Lowry/Poulter carded five birdies and one bogey for a 32 on the homeward nine. In the midst of an underwhelming front nine, Lowry did nearly record another hole-in-one, following his famous shot at the 17th in the Players Championship in TPC Sawgrass.


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Doc Redman and Sam Ryder share second place with Rai and Lipsky following a 67, with defending champions Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith on 11 under alongside Ryder Cup team-mates Lowry and Poulter.

The English pair of Danny Willett and Tyrell Hatton are eight shots off the lead on nine under par, while Masters champion Scottie Scheffler and partner Ryan Palmer made the cut on the mark of eight under.