European Tour/Asian Tour - Michael Hoey missed the cut as Scott Hend finished birdie-birdie to post a course record-equalling 64 and grab a share of the halfway lead at the True Thailand Classic Presented by Chang.
Pelle Edberg had set the target at 12 under in the morning session and as the shadows began to lengthen at Black Mountain Golf Club, it looked like he would take the solo lead into the weekend.
But Hend had other ideas, and the Australian got up-and-down from a bunker on the 17th and then took advantage of the par five last to join the Swede at the top of the leaderboard.
Hoey shot a second successive, one over par 73 to miss the cut by four shots as Hend, one of the players to make the long trip from Florida after last week’s World Golf Championships - Cadillac Championship, showing no ill effects.
Thailand’s Panuphol Pittayarat carded a bogey-free 65 to move to 11 under and solo third spot, two strokes clear of Welshman Rhys Davies, Americans David Lipsky and Peter Uihlein, South Africa’s Shaun Norris and Scotsman Simon Yates.
Round two scores:
132 S Hend (Aus) 68 64, P Edberg (Swe) 65 67,
133 P Pittayarat (Tha) 68 65,
135 D Lipsky (USA) 67 68, S Norris (RSA) 67 68, P Uihlein (USA) 64 71, R Davies (Wal) 67 68, S Yates (Sco) 67 68,
136 P Swangarunporn (Tha) 68 68, R Khan (Ind) 70 66, J Colomo (Esp) 66 70, B Hebert (Fra) 72 64, M Warren (Sco) 68 68, C Kumar (Ind) 68 68,
137 C Pigem (Esp) 69 68,
CUT 146 M Hoey (Nir) 73 73
Sharvin cut in New Zealand
PGA Tour of Australasia — Cormac Sharvin missed the cut by sevens shots as Australian Matt Griffin, Japan’s Hideto Tanihara land rookie Deyen Lawson took the halfway lead in the BMW ISPS HANDA New Zealand Open.
Playing at The Hills today, Griffin reeled off two eagles, four birdies and just one bogey to post 7-under 65 in the morning to be 8-under the card.
Meanwhile over at Millbrook Resort, also in the morning, Tanihara, an 11 time winner on the Japan Golf Tour, fired 5-under the card to join Griffin on top of the leaderboard.
With the afternoon field failing to ignite and no challengers moving into contention it looked like it would be Griffin and Tanihara leading into the weekend.
But Victorian Lawson had other ideas, charging home with three birdies on his closing three holes to fire 7-under 65 and join the top of the table.
Sharvin had two birdies in a two over 74 at The Hills that also featured two bogeys and a double bogey seven.
McNamara and Whitson make cut in Morocco
EPD Tour - Rory McNamara and Reeve Whitson made the weekend in the Open Casa Green Golf in Morocco.
Winner of his maiden title earlier this week, Headfort’s McNamara added a two under 70 to his opening 73 to make the final round with two shots to spare on one under par.
Whitson, who is 42nd in the Order of Merit with three cheques from five starts, double bogeyed the 18th for a one under 71 that left him tied 30th on level par.
The cut for the top 40 and ties fell at one over 145 which meant that Richard Bridges (79-73) and Richard O'Donovan (78-74) missed the out by seven strokes.