Eddie Pepperell followed up his opening 64 with a 76 in round two of the Portugal Masters, missing the cut by two shots and losing his playing privileges for 2017.
If that sounds bad, look away now as he would have made the weekend but for a double bogey-6 at his final hole. Amazingly, Pepperell was tied for the lead after an opening birdie at 10 took him to 8-under. But it was a nightmare after that for the young Englishman, who came into the week occupying the 110th and final qualifying position on the Race to Dubai. Other notables returning home early: 139 - Julien Quesne … 140 - Paul Dunne, Pablo Larrazabal, David Howell, Matteo Manassero, Lee Slattery, Gregory Havret … 141 - James Morrison … 142 - Romain Wattel, Gary Stal, Kristoffer Broberg … 146 - Edoardo Molinari, Michael Hoey.
Mikko Korhonen took his birdie count to 16 through 36 holes of the Portugal Masters after authoring a 4-under-par 32-35=67 in Friday's second round at Victoria Clube de Golfe.
The Finn has to climb this week from his current position of 116th to 110th or better to retain his European Tour card and he's on target after posting 11-under 131 at halfway, just three shots behind leaders Marc Warren and Andy Sullivan. After nine birdies in his opening 64, Korhonen found seven more today. His set included three to open with after starting at 10 and another pair at 16 and 17. A bogey at 13 was a brief setback but, after turning in 4-under 32, he couldn't advance his score from 11-under after mixing two birdies with two bogeys coming home. So far, so good but he'll hope to eliminate the mistakes as he battles to keep his playing privileges this weekend.
Paul Waring fired a bogey-free 30-34=64 in his second round at the Portugal Masters and moved up 10 spots on the leaderboard to T6 at the halfway mark.
The Englishman has yet to drop a shot this week and seven more birdies today elevated him to 11-under 131, just three behind 36-hole pacesetters Marc Warren and Andy Sullivan. Waring burst out of the blocks with five birdies in his opening six holes, his only par in that stretch coming at 11. He added another circle to turn in 6-under 30 but quietened dramatically on his second nine, finding just one further birdie at 4. It's been a long road back for Waring, who had 18 months off following surgery and an additional procedure on his shoulder. He returned with T45 at the Italian Open before missing the cut at the Alfred Dunhill Championship and posting T70 at the British Masters. That's an acceptable return but now he has the chance to taste the heat of battle again on a course where he was third in 2013 and T12 on his last appearance in 2014.
David Lipsky added a 5-under-par 30-36=66 to his opening 64 and maintained his title challenge through 36 holes of the Portugal Masters.
The American took just 29 swishes on Victoria Clube de Golfe's front nine on Thursday and he needed only one more today after three birdies (3, 4, 8) along with an eagle-3 at 5. It's been a different story on the par 71's second nine though and Lipsky could only mix two birdies with two bogeys. Still, add it all up and he'll go into the weekend at 12-under 130 and just two shots behind halfway leaders Marc Warren and Andy Sullivan. The 28-year-old was fifth at the midpoint when he won the 2014 European Masters and that's the position he holds here after two laps.
Padraig Harrington thrashed an 8-under-par 31-32=63 in his second round at the Portugal Masters on Friday and moved to within a shot of the halfway lead.
That's better from the Irishman. Harrington had missed his last three cuts on the European Tour but has found a groove at Victoria Clube de Golfe this week, shooting 14 birdies and an eagle so far. Today, he moved to 13-under 129 despite having a bogey-6 on his card at the short 500-yard par-5 12th. That blip came after he'd painted red at 1, 2, 3, 5, 10 and 11. He quickly recovered with further birdies at 14, 16 and 17 to end the day in T3 and just a single stroke behind 36-hole pacesetters Marc Warren and Andy Sullivan.
Jens Fahrbring birdied half the holes at Victoria Clube de Golfe on Friday, carding a 7-under-par 32-32=64 and climbing into T3 at the Portugal Masters with 13-under 129 at the midpoint.
That's just a single swing behind joint leaders Marc Warren and Andy Sullivan. After starting the week down at 174th on the Race to Dubai, the Swede needs a top two finish to keep his playing privileges for next season and is certainly going the right way about it after rounds of 65 and 64. He started each nine today with a trio of birdies and also circled red at 17, 5 and 9. He gave two shots back by squaring bogeys at 4 and 7. His previous best result this season is T30 so achieving his goal this week would be some achievement.
Defending champion Andy Sullivan smashed a 10-under-par 31-30-61 in round two of the Portugal Masters and is tied for the lead with Marc Warren on 14-under 128 after 36 bogey-free holes at the Victoria Clube de Golfe.
Wow. After opening his defense with a fairly sedate 67 on Thursday, the Englishman went on a birdie blitz today to leap 21 spots up the leaderboard to T1. He reeled off four par breakers in five holes from Nos. 2-6 and splashed red at five of the back nine's opening six holes. Another birdie at the par-5 17th saw him catch Warren and a 10 footer for a 60 and the outright lead just stayed out at 18. Sullivan went wire-to-wire in this event last year and the magic certainly returned today. In fact, it's been a great day for defending champions with Justin Thomas also repeating last year's heroics by taking the 36-hole in the PGA TOUR's CIMB Classic. "I knew I needed to go low today to get a beat on the leaders," said Sullivan. "So to go out there and shoot that score is absolutely fantastic. I had thoughts of 59 coming down the stretch there, but it wasn't to be. It's fantastic being on top of the leaderboard and giving myself a chance going into the weekend."
Paul Lawrie smoothed a 5-under-par 32-34=66 in round two of the Portugal Masters at Victoria Clube de Golfe, currently good for a top five place on the live leaderboard.
The former Open champion looked set for a really low one after four birdies in his first six holes (11, 13, 14 and 15) today but his momentum was halted with a bogey-4 at 16 for the second day running. He got the shot back at the par-5 17th and made further gains at 1 and 2 before playing the final seven holes in 1-over. Still, a pair of 66s put the Scot inside the top 10 and in position to challenge on the weekend. At 10-under 132, he trails leader Marc Warren by four shots.