WATCH: Tough course: Graeme McDowell admits Ballyliffin more difficult than anticipated

Graeme McDowell admitted The Glashedy Links at Ballyliffin Golf Club had proven a bigger test than some may have anticipated for this year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Championship.

McDowell safely negotiated his way into this morning’s third round with a one-over par round yesterday to leave him level par for the tournament being staged in Co Donegal.

The Portrush man had earlier in the week predicted that a score of minus-20 could be recorded over the weekend.

However, it has proven a bigger test than some may have thought with minus-eight the clubhouse lead after two rounds.

In our interview McDowell acknowledges the course was tougher than anticipated.

Graeme McDowell after his second round on the Irish Open

Graeme McDowell after his second round on the Irish Open