Irish Open, Sharma and Smith are the leaders


Irish Open, Sharma and Smith are the leaders
Irish Open, Sharma and Smith are the leaders © Getty Images Sport - Richard Heathcote / Staff

The 2023 Horizon Irish Open has reached the halfway point. After two rounds, the ranking on the K Club course in Straffan in County Kildare is headed by the Englishman Jordan Smith and the Indian Shubhankar Sharma. Their score reads -13, obtained for the first with a sequence of 66 and 65 and for the other with 65 and 66.

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In pursuit there is another Englishman, Ross Fisher, just one stroke away from the two leaders and therefore at -12. Also still very close to the top of the rankings are the German Hurly Long, fourth at -11 and the Scot Calum Hill, fifth, a further shot away and therefore at -10.

The Italian Guido Migliozzi also rose to the trio of players in sixth place at -9, author of a round of 66 with six exceptional birdies in the second eight holes which allows him to gain 21 positions. Together with him the German Freddy Schott and the Scot Scott Jamieson.

However, Edoardo Molinari does not make the cut, four strokes away from the score that would have allowed him to qualify. The European Tour was created by the Professional Golfers' Association, based in England, and responsibility for its management was transferred to the independent organization PGA European Tour in 1984.

Most of the tournaments on the three tours of the European Tour takes place in Europe, but in recent years a growing number of tournaments have also been organized in other parts of the world. The PGA European Tour is a player-controlled organization whose primary purpose is to maximize the financial income of professional players participating in tournaments.

It is a professionally run, limited liability company, but controlled by the players through a 12-member board elected from past and present players, and a committee that oversees active 14-player tournaments. Since 2007 the chairman of the board has been Neil Coles, while the chairman of the committee is Thomas Bjørn.

Almost all tournaments are played in Western Europe and the most profitable of these are those held in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, France and Spain. Only one tournament takes place in Eastern Europe behind the old Iron Curtain, the Russian Open. The PGA European Tour also organizes the Ryder Cup in collaboration with the PGA of America.