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Darren Clarke of N. Ireland and Stephen Gallacher of Scotland chat after teeing off at the 1st during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.

Friday photos from the Irish Open

IT’S Day 2 of the Irish Open and huge crowds are again in Lahinch to see some of golf’s top stars. Clare Champion photographer John Kelly is on hand to capture images of one of the year’s top sporting events.

At the time of writing (just before 4pm) Zander Lombard and Eddie Pepperell are the leaders, both on -8.

Three and a half year old James Moloney from Ennis brought his hurley to the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Spectators negotiate the steep links sand dunes during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
A refreshment centre on the course during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Ireland’s Gavin Moynihan playing the 9th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
The crowd gathers against a backdrop of Ballyellery bridge during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
The crowd gathered at the 13th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
The crowd gathered at the 13th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
The crowd watch Darren Clarke playing at the 13th green during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Darren Clarke lines up a putt at the 13th green during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
The crowd gathered at the 13th green during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
The crowd gathered at the 13th green during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
The crowd gathered at the 13th green during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Haotong Li plays from the rough onto the 13th green during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Bernd Wiesberger chips onto the 13th green during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Adrian Otaegui lines up a putt at the 13th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Spectators at the 13th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Spectators at the 13th watch Haotong Li of China line up his putt during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Haotong Li of China putting during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
The crowd following Shane Lowry crossing the 13th fairway during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Graeme Mc Dowell salutes the crowd as he arrives on the 13th green during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Martin Kaymer salutes the crowd at the 13th green during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Thorbjorn Olesen lines up his putt on the 13th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
The crowd watching Graeme Mc Dowell at the 13th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
England’s Tommy Fleetwood sizes up his situation approaching the 13th green during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Ireland’s Shane Lowry plays from a bunker at the 13th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
England’s Tommy Fleetwood sizes up his line at the 13th green during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
The crowd watching Shane Lowry, Russell Knox and Tommy Fleetwood at the 13th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Some of the crowd watching Shane Lowry, Russell Knox and Tommy Fleetwood at the 13th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Ryan Fox plays from a bunker on the 13th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Belgium’s Thomas Pieters lies down to eye up a putt on the 13th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
England’s Oliver Fischer recovers from the rough of the 12th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Shane Lowry playing on the 15h green during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
England’s Oliver Fischer recovers from the rough of the 12th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
England’s Tommy Fleetwood approaches the 17th green during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Spectators at the 17th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Scotland’s Russell Knox discusses his putt at the 17th with his caddy during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Spectators at the 17th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
A colorfully attired spectator at the 17th green during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Pat Foley, Austin Slattery, Club President, maire Ni Riain and Una Ni Riain during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Spectators in conversation on a dune overlooking the 17th green during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
The crowd gathered at the 18th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Shane Lowry reacts to his approach shot on the 18th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
England’s Tommy Fleetwood salutes the crowd at the 18th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
The crowd gathered at the 18th watching Lowry, Fleetwood and Knox during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Eddie Pepperell and Paul Dunne shake hands on the 18th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Eddie Pepperell plays from a bunker on the 18th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Eddie Pepperell sizes up his shot on the 18th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Lee Westwood plays from the rough on the 18th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
The crowd crosses the 18th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Jon Rahm after playing from the rough on the 18th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Jon Rahm plays from the rough on the 18th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Louis Oosthuizen watches his second shot from the 18th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Louis Oosthuizen plays his second shot from the edge of the 18th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Padraig Harrington salutes the crowd following his tee shot at the 18th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Tyrell Hatton salutes the crowd after playing his tee shot at the 18th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Tyrell Hatton plays his tee shot at the 18th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Padraig Harrington lines up his tee shot at the 18th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Ian Poulter takes his tee shot at the 18th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Ian Poulter lines up his tee shot at the 18th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Padraig Harrington walks up the 18th with Ian Poulter during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Ian Poulter takes his second shot on the 18th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Padraig Harrington takes his second shot on the 18th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Ian Poulter prepares to take his second shot on the 18th during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher tees off at the 1st during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Thomas Bjorn of Denmark teeing off at the 1st during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.
Darren Clarke about to tee off at the 1st during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph by John Kelly.

 

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Owen Ryan
Owen Ryan has been a journalist with the Clare Champion since 2007, having previously worked for a number of other regional titles in Limerick, Galway and Cork.

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