EPD Tour trio Reeve Whitson, Rory McNamara and Richard Bridges had to work hard to make the cut in the Red Sea Ain Sokhna Classic in Egypt.
Former Spanish Amateur champion Whitson added a level par 72 to his opening 76 to to share 30th with McNamara (72) on four over par, nine strokes behind Austrians Bernard Neumayer (73) and Berni Reiter (68) and Alexis Anghert (68) of France.
The leading trio head the 44 survivors by two strokes on five under par from Scotland's David Law (70), Germany's Maximilan Rohrig (70), France's Alex Kaleka (69) and Belgium's Christopher Mivis (72).
La Cala based McNamara began his second round with three successive bogeys and then followed a birdie at the sixth and a bogey at the 11th with three birdies in his last six holes for a 72 that helped him make the cut with a shot to spare.
Stackstown left-hander Bridges was six over for the tournament with eight holes to play but the former Irish international dug deep and after following a birdie at the 11th with a dropped shot at the 15th, he crucially birdied the par-five 17th for a 73 to squeak inside the cut line on five over.