Ballyliffin’s Brendan McCarroll bounced back from an early triple bogey to keep his hopes of a seventh Alps Tour win alive in Tunisia.
The former East of Ireland winner, 12th in the Order of Merit last year, made a seen at the second but came back with five birdies and just one more dropped shot to post a one under 71 in the Tunisian Golf Open.
He’s on five under par on the Composite Course at El Kantaoui Golf Club in Port El Kantaoui, tied for fifth and just four shots behind Josh Loughrey of England.
Loughrey added a 69 to his opening 66 to lead by two strokes fromFrance’s Matthieu Pavon and Italy’s Joon Kim on nine under par.
“It was not as windy as yesterday because I started early,” Loiughrey told the Alps Tour website. “I got a really good start again.
"I played really well, really similar I feel really confidence with my swing. I just bogeyed the last hole, I birdied the 8th again, 6 foot from the flag. I’ve heard the Jaguar [for a hole in one] is only for Sunday so I am getting closer. Three under, I am happy with that.”
The cut is fell at one over par which meant an early exit for 18-year old David Carey, who improved by eight shots on his opening 79 with a 71.
The first 10 holes of round one just killed me,” said Carey, who returns to action in the Open Colli Berici in Italy the week after next.