Niall Turner is just inside the vital top 40 who will get cards but Niall Kearney has work to do after making the halfway cut with nothing to spare at the Asian Tour Qualifying School final stage in Thailand.
Muskerry native Turner, who played 15 events on the Asian circuit last season and finished 90th in the money list, carded a 73 at Imperial Lakeview Golf Club to finish the day in a 14-man tie for 39th on three under par. (Scores)
But former Walker Cup star Kearney shot a second successive level par 72 to make the level par cut on the mark will need to shoot at least one low round over the final two days at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Springfield Royal Country Club to earn his playing rights.
Arnond Vongvanij of Thailand, still feeling the effects of food poisoning he suffered on Tuesday, rose from his sick bed to fire a superb eight-under-par 64 and tie for the second round lead with Englishman Guy Woodman on 11 under par 133.
Overnight leader Yosuke Tsukada of Japan was a further shot back after shooting a 71 while Hamza Amin of Austria, Japanese Sushi Ishigaki and Martin Rominger of Switzerland, who shot a 63, were tied in fourth place on 135 at the all-important Final Stage where the top-40 and ties at the end of the week will earn playing rights for the 2012 Asian Tour season.
Scotland’s James Bryne, a team mate of Paul Cutler and Alan Dunbar in last year’s winning Walker Cup side, posted a 69 to share ninth place on seven under.
Bryne, whose mother is Singaporean, said the humidity will play an important factor in the next two days.
“Asia is definitely different for me. I’m not used to playing in heat like this. You drink a lot more water, eat well and make sure your diet is good to cope with the heat because you are sweating so much during your round,” said the 23-year-old, currently in tied ninth position.
The halfway cut was set at even-par-144 with a total of 109 players making the last two rounds.