Cormac Sharvin posted a round uncharacteristically littered with mistakes as he lost ground on a packed leaderboard at the Hainan Open.
The Ardglass professional was nicely placed after an opening day 69 but tumbled down the leaderboard to a share of 33rd after signing for a two-over par 74 in China.
The 27-year old fired four birdies on the day but six bogeys ensured no forward momentum with Sharvin trailing a seven-way tie at the top at Sanya Luhuitou Golf Club by six shots heading into the weekend.
Wil Besseling, Robin Roussel and China’s Liu Yanwei set the target after teeing off early on day two, while Englishmen Richard Bland and Matthew Jordan, China’s Xiao Bowen and South Korean Jaewoong Eom joined them on seven under par as darkness began to descend over Sanya.
Of the leaders, Liu posted the lowest round as a six-under par round of 66 earned him a share of the advantage, while Besseling and Bland posted rounds of 67, Xiao, Eom and Roussel signed for rounds of 68, while Jordan added a two-under par 70 to his opening 67.
“I’ve played well,” said Jordan. “I started off the first round a bit iffy. I saved it a little bit in the first seven holes but from then on, from about the eighth hole yesterday, I played solid. I’ve shown positives on both days, so I’m happy.
“I didn’t think it was that different to yesterday. I did battle well actually, yesterday I just got up and down a couple more times. Over the two days I’ve been very solid and it doesn’t take much to pick up a shot or drop a shot.
“It’s a great event. It’s great to come to China, I’ve never been here before. It’s good to experience different things like the cuisine and course. The course is obviously very good. I haven’t heard one person say anything bad about it. The wind keeps it honest.”
One shot further back is France’s Damien Perrier, Chinese duo Bai Zheng-kai and He Shaocai – who posted the low round of the day with a seven under par 65 – and Yeh Yu-Chen of Chinese Taipei, who all share eighth place on six under par.
In total, 63 players survived the halfway cut of one-over par or lower, including the two Chinese amateurs Chen Guxin and Liu Enhua.
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