Moynihan under the cosh in Oman
 Estanislao Goya of Argentina in Muscat, Oman.  Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images

Estanislao Goya of Argentina in Muscat, Oman.  Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images

Gavin Moynihan's hopes of promotion to the European Tour suffered a blow when he carded a second round 73 to fall ten shots off the lead in the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final in Oman.

With two rounds to go, Moynihan is tied for 26th on one-under and projected to come up more than €15,000 short of his goal of making the top 15 in the money list.

As things stand, he's projected to fall from 18th to 22nd in Rankings.

The Dubliner, 23, needs to finish as close to the top five on the leaderboard as possible to have a chance of moving into the top 15 on the final money list who will be awarded European Tour cards on Saturday evening.

While he still has the Final Stage of Q-School to fall back on, his problem is not just that he is tied 26th in the event but that several players behind him in the rankings are having good weeks.

They included 23rd-ranked Argentinian, Estanislao Goya, who is eyeing up a repeat of his 2008 Challenge Tour Grand Final win as he leads by one shot on 11-under par after a 66.

Already a winner this season in Sweden, Goya came into the week with work to do to improve on his 23rd spot.

Two good days have given him a strong chance and were he to win, he is projected to rise as high as third.

His nearest challenger is Finnish teenager Oliver Lindell, ranked 41st in the Road to Oman standings despite having started six months of military service last week.

The Finn still shot a seven under par 65 – the low round of the week so far – to sit alone in second on 10-under par, one shot ahead of French duo Thomas Linard and Clément Sordet (who made a hole-in-one on the eighth hole to earn an early two-shot lead.)

If things stay as they are, Goya and Lindell would both climb into the top 15 at the expense of Jens Dantorp and Robin Sciot-Siegrist, but much will change over the next two days before the Class of 2017 is finalised.

Projected Road to Oman rankings

Leaderboard Name Proj. Event € Proj. TOT
1 44 PULKKANEN Tapio FIN 177,724 2,630 180,354
2 10 RAI Aaron ENG 131,485 10240 141725
3 1 GOYA Estanislao ARG 69,546 71,600 141,146
4 10 FARR Oliver WAL 129,477 10240 139717
5 26 GUERRIER Julien FRA 133,234 3875 137109
6 17 VAN ROOYEN Erik RSA 125,976 5110 131086
7 17 EVANS Ryan ENG 120,563 5110 125673
8 35 KOEPKA Chase USA 120,300 3075 123375
9 3 SORDET Clément FRA 89,712 24900 114612
10 5 KINHULT Marcus SWE 92,419 17650 110069
11 37 BROWN Steven ENG 101,240 2965 104205
12 10 ORIOL Pedro ESP 90,208 10240 100448
13 31 SADDIER Adrien FRA 96,552 3317 99869
14 8 HEISELE Sebastian GER 82,619 13750 96369
15 2 LINDELL Oliver FIN 49,086 47,000 96,086
16 17 DANTORP Jens SWE 87,087 5110 92197
17 30 SCIOT-SIEGRIST Robin FRA 83,065 3,580 86,645
18 17 NEIL Bradley SCO 80,468 5110 85578
19 8 FERNANDEZ Scott ESP 69,773 13750 83523
20 10 LENGDEN Oscar SWE 72,939 10240 83179
21 40 PEREZ Victor FRA 80,200 2783 82983
22 26 MOYNIHAN Gavin IRL 76,832 3875 80707
23 31 MCEVOY Richard ENG 75,605 3317 78922
24 26 MIVIS Christopher BEL 72,622 3875 76497
25 7 CULLEN Nick AUS 57,308 15,500 72,808
26 3 LINARD Thomas FRA 47,835 24900 72735
27 15 HUIZING Daan NED 65,404 7120 72524
28 5 MERONK Adrian POL 54,763 17650 72413
29 24 GAGLI Lorenzo ITA 67,963 4270 72233
30 31 FORD Charlie ENG 65,410 3317 68727
31 31 MURRAY Tom ENG 64,883 3317 68200
32 0 Mikael LUNDBERG SWE 63,501 2,570 66,071
33 26 SJÖHOLM Joel SWE 62,027 3875 65902
34 24 FORREST Grant SCO 57,628 4270 61898
35 10 HEATH James ENG 51,528 10240 61768
36 15 SCHWAB Matthias AUT 54,029 7120 61149
37 17 PORTEOUS Garrick ENG 53,836 5110 58946
38 39 HAFTHORSSON Birgir ISL 55,781 2,890 58,671
39 40 FORD Matt ENG 53,447 2783 56230
40 37 VON DELLINGSHAUSEN Nicolai GER 52,794 2965 55759
41 17 TULLO Mark CHI 48,697 5110 53807
42 17 ARNOY Jarand Ekeland NOR 47,567 5110 52677
43 40 HOWARD Paul ENG 49,561 2783 52344
44 43 MADSEN Morten Ørum DEN 49,591 2,680 52,271
45 35 GIRRBACH Joel SUI 47,735 3075 50810

Estanislao Goya

“It was a really good day for me today. It was a little bit hotter so I had to keep hydrated a little bit more, and it was a little bit more tricky in terms of the wind, so we had to be very careful and focus, make sure we were in the right places.

“I think these days the Challenge Tour is getting more and more difficult, the standard is getting even stronger. You can see that from the players who have won this year, so many different winners, and it truly is the Challenge Tour.

“You have to play really well to get yourself into the top 15. I’m in a good position, I still have chances, so I’m just going to go out there and enjoy it this weekend.

“It’s the best course we play on the Challenge Tour. It’s a good test and you have to play well, but if you play well it rewards you. It’s a great challenge for the week and is a great location for our Grand Final.”

Oliver Lindell

“If I’m in the top two [only a top-two finish will earn Lindell a spot in the top 15] I will go back to military service next week, but if not I have Final Stage of the European Tour Qualifying School next week to try to get my card.

“I think military service is good for me. So far I’ve been doing pretty basic things like shooting and getting the beds made – they’re long days, starting at six o’clock and ending at nine.

“I am in the sports corps so I get chances to practise my game and they will be letting me continue my golf career alongside my service.

“What Tapio [Pulkkanen, the current Challenge Tour Number One] has done inspires me a lot. I’ve been following him since he won the Nordic League in 2015. Last year I finished second so I’ve kind of always been one step behind him.

“The first time I played with him I was 12 and we had a national camp in Spain and I played a foursome with Tapio. He hit the ball a long way and I was good with my wedges so we beat the other national team players.”

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NBO Golf Classic Grand Final, Al Mouj Golf (Par 72)

Detailed scores

133 E Goya (Arg) 67 66, 

134 O Lindell (Fin) 69 65, 

135 T Linard (Fra) 68 67, C Sordet (Fra) 68 67, 

136 A Meronk (Pol) 67 69, M Kinhult (Swe) 68 68, 

137 N Cullen (Aus) 67 70, 

138 S Fernandez (Esp) 69 69, S Heisele (Ger) 70 68, 

139 J Heath (Eng) 68 71, O Farr (Wal) 68 71, O Lengden (Swe) 67 72, A Rai (Eng) 68 71, P Oriol (Esp) 69 70, 

140 D Huizing (Ned) 70 70, M Schwab (Aut) 71 69, 

141 G Porteous (Eng) 71 70, E Van Rooyen (RSA) 70 71, J Arnoy (Nor) 71 70, R Evans (Eng) 69 72, J Dantorp (Swe) 70 71, B Neil (Sco) 69 72, M Tullo (Chi) 70 71, 

142 L Gagli (Ita) 70 72, G Forrest (Sco) 70 72, 

143 J Guerrier (Fra) 71 72, C Mivis (Bel) 70 73, J Sjöholm (Swe) 72 71, G Moynihan (Irl) 70 73, 

144 R Sciot-Siegrist (Fra) 72 72, 

146 T Murray (Eng) 70 76, A Saddier (Fra) 70 76, C Ford (Eng) 73 73, R McEvoy (Eng) 71 75, 

147 C Koepka (USA) 75 72, J Girrbach (Sui) 75 72, 

148 N Von Dellingshausen (Ger) 71 77, S Brown (Eng) 75 73, 

149 B Hafthorsson (Isl) 76 73, 

150 M Ford (Eng) 79 71, P Howard (Eng) 77 73, V Perez (Fra) 77 73, 

152 M Madsen (Den) 76 76, 

154 T Pulkkanen (Fin) 71 83, 

** M Lundberg (Swe) 76 RT