Gavin Moynihan produced some late fireworks to ensure his safe passage to the weekend rounds of the South African Open hosted by the City of Johannesburg.
With the Dubliner lagging two shots behind the cut mark sitting on the 17th tee on the Bushwillow track, his first outing of 2020 looked odds on to end in disappointment as the 36-hole bar hovered tantalisingly out of reach.
However, not to be outdone, Moynihan eagled the penultimate hole before finding a birdie at the 18th to sign for a heroic 69 that not only saw him make the weekend mark but move to five-under par and well inside the top-50.
And in more good news for Ireland’s travelling party to SA, Clandeboye’s Jonathan Caldwell signed for a rock solid three-under par round of 68 on the Firethorn Course to also book his place in the business end of the tournament.
The 35-year old was up against it after only managing a one-under par round of 70 on the more scorable Bushwillow Course on day one but rallied bravely with four birdies and just the one dropped shot to force his way into the moving day draw at four-under par.
Sadly Portmarnock’s Conor Purcell, on his European Tour debut, was unable to make it a perfect three from Ireland’s travelling party as the rookie carded a second straight 71 to miss out on the weekend at even par.
England’s Sam Horsfield leads the way in the clubhouse at 10-under par with plenty of the field yet to complete their second rounds.
Full scoring HERE