Dunne and Sharvin shine as Power is cut and Chappell shoots 59

Dunne and Sharvin shine as Power is cut and Chappell shoots 59
Scott Jamieson. Image: Getty Images

Scott Jamieson. Image: Getty Images

Graeme McDowell has been forced to skip the start of Europe's Ryder Cup campaign at Wentworth next week due to a personal issue.

The 2010 US Open champion and three-time Ryder Cup winner, who hopes to regain his place in Pádraig Harrington's side after missing the last two stagings, revealed his decision via Twitter.

"I have withdrawn from next weeks @BMWPGA due to a personal issue which has kept me from practising and preparing the way I would have liked to," McDowell wrote.

Ryder Cup skipper Harrington carded a second successive 71 to make the two-under cut on the mark on the KLM Open at The International in Amsterdam.

Scotland's Scott Jamieson (35) fired a seven-under 65 to lead by two shots from Matthew Southgate, Sergio Garcia, Callum Shinkwin and James Morrison on 11-under par.

But there were signs of a return to form from Greystones' Paul Dunne, who made five birdies in a 69 to lead the Irish challenge in joint 34th on four-under with Gavin Moynihan a shot further back after a 71.

Michael Hoey missed the cut on four-over after a 73 but fellow Northern Irishman Cormac Sharvin is in contention for his maiden win at the Challenge Tour's Open de Portugal.

Ranked sixth in the race for 15 European Tour cards, Sharvin carded a bogey-free, five-under 67 to share third place on seven-under at Morgado Golf Resort.

Rhys Enoch. Image: Getty Images

Rhys Enoch. Image: Getty Images

He’s just two strokes behind Welshman Rhys Enoch with Derry's Ruaidhri McGee 13th after a 72, The Island's Paul McBride 16th after a 71 and Gary Hurley 34th after a 74.

On the PGA Tour Champions, Darren Clarke opened with a bogey-free five-under 67 to lie just one stroke behind leaders Scott McCarron, Retief Goosen and Tom Gillis at The Ally Challenge at Warwick Hills in Michigan.

But there was no luck for Seamus Power in the first event of the 2019-20 PGA Tour season as he missed the four-under par cut by one.

As Kevin Chappell became the 10th player in PGA TOUR history to shoot sub-60 round (59) and equalled Mark Calcavecchia’s TOUR record of nine consecutive birdies in a round, the West Waterford man followed an opening 68 with a one-under 69 in A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.

Scottie Scheffler, Joakim Niemann and Robby Shelton share the lead on 13-under par, one clear of Adam Long with Chappell three shots off the lead on 10-under.

Power turned in one-under par but then bogeyed the first and third (his 10th and 12th) and while he birdied the sixth and seventh and made a 20 footer for par at the eighth, he could not make an 18 footer at the last.

Second-Round Leaderboard

Scottie Scheffler 65-62—127 (-13)

Joaquin Niemann 65-62—127 (-13)

Robby Shelton 62-65—127 (-13)

Adam Long 66-62—128 (-12)

Kevin Chappell 71-59—130 (-10)

Kevin Chappell (-10/5th)

  • Tied the PGA TOUR record for most consecutive birdies in a single round with nine in a row (Nos. 11-1) en route to 11-under 59, the 11th sub-60 round in PGA TOUR history (10thplayer to achieve the feat, Jim Furyk twice)

  • Joins Mark Calcavecchia with most consecutive birdies in a round (9/R2/2009 RBC Canadian Open/Glen Abbey GC)

  • Becomes first player with nine consecutive birdies in a round at The Old White TPC

  • 11-under 59 betters his previous career low of 62 (twice, most recent 2013 THE NORTHERN TRUST/R3)

  • With 8-under 28, sets record for low back-nine score at The Old White TPC

  • Requires 268 FedExCup points from 23 events to satisfy a Major Medical Extension after undergoing back surgery last season. Last PGA TOUR start was 2018 Mayakoba Golf Classic

  • Seeks second PGA TOUR title (2017 Valero Texas Open)

  • It’s been 1 year, 28 days since the last sub-60 round on TOUR (Brandt Snedeker/2018 Wyndham Championship)

  • Narrowly missed a putt from 11’ 10” on his final hole (No. 9) to shoot 59

  • Joins Stuart Appleby (not in field due to injury) with 59 at the only course on TOUR with multiple sub-60 rounds. Here’s a list of sub-60 rounds on TOUR:

Name Event/Round/Score Par Finish

  1. Al Geiberger 1977 FedEx St. Jude Classic/R2/59 72 Won

  2. Chip Beck 1991 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open/R3/59 72 T3

  3. David Duval 1999 CareerBuilder Challenge/R4/59 72 Won

  4. Paul Goydos 2010 John Deere Classic/R1/59 71 2

  5. Stuart Appleby 2010 A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier/R4/59 70 Won

  6. Jim Furyk 2013 BMW Championship/R2/59 71 3

  7. Jim Furyk 2016 Travelers Championship/R4/58 70 T5

  8. Justin Thomas 2017 Sony Open in Hawaii/R1/59 70 Won

  9. Adam Hadwin 2017 CareerBuilder Challenge/R3/59 72 2

  10. Brandt Snedeker 2018 Wyndham Championship/R1/59 70 Won

  11. Kevin Chappell 2019 A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier/R2/59 70 TBD