Alps Tour — The par fives hurt Killarney's Tommy O'Driscoll but David Carey played them in three under and finished sensationally to make the cut with ease in the Red Sea Little Venice Open in Egypt.
O'Driscoll bogeyed two par fives coming home as he added a three over 75 to his opening 73 to miss the cut by two at Sokhna Golf Club near Suez.
But Dubliner Carey finished like a train, picking up six shots over his final 10 holes for a 68 that leaves him tied for 18th on one under par, nine strokes off the lead.
Struggling after an opening 75, he slipped to five over for the tournament when his drive kicked right into the desert and he found a poor lie, running up a double bogey six.
After a birdie four at the third followed by a good bogey at the fourth, where he had to get up and down after finding water off the tee, 19-year old Carey made scrambling pars at the fifth and sixth before catching fire.
When a 35 foot monster fell for a two from the back of the ninth, his luck started to change and he holed an eight foot for birdie at the 11th to get back to level for the day, just three shots outside the projected cut mark.
As it turned out, the two overs made it and Carey ended up with three shots to spare after a gutsy finish.
Playing back into wind, he hit a long drive and hybrid onto the 13th set up a two-putt birdie, chipped in for another birdie at the 15th and came up inches short of another at the 16th.
While he turned out to be safe, he believed he needed to birdie the last two holes to make the cut and pulled it off.
A good drive and a five-wood just over the back of par-five 17th set up an up-and-down for birdie and he then followed that with three-wood to the heart of the 18th and a nervy two-putt from 54 feet.
He's nine behind Frenchman Franck Daux, last week's winner, who added a 71 to his opening 63 to lead by two strokes from England's Matt Wallace (68-68) on 10 under.
Amateur Eamonn O'Driscoll, brother of Tommy, added an 82 to his 75 to miss the cut on 13 over.