Jonathan Caldwell battled the cooler and also windier conditions in posting a 71 on day two of the Mallorca Open. Caldwell managed back-to-back birdies on the fifth and sixth holes but came unstuck in a two-hole run early on his inward half in dropping a shot at the 11th and then doubling the 12th.
It handed the Clandeboye club attached golfer a three-under par and just outside the top-20 when poor light ended play on the host Santa Ponsa course South Bryce Easton, 34, opened-up a four-shot leading cushion and moved to 11-under par when play was halted. The three-time Sunshine Tour winning Easton was out in the last group and had moved to four-under for his round and 11-under overall when play was halted.
“Lovely day, made it look a bit more difficult for myself on the back nine, had to grind out a few par saves,” said Easton despite not completing his round. “I played the front nine lovely, managed to hang in. Tough coming in at the end there. Obviously getting dark. Overall very happy with how today went, happy with where I am. “There were a lot of cross winds that were – is it helping a fraction or hurting a fraction – it’s one of those where you just don’t quite know. Small greens, small targets, so it’s definitely a factor. It was a tricky day.
“My biggest concern coming up the last couple was how the tee times will shape up. I think a nine o’clock start, so not too early and a two tee start would be great for me” Four players, including overnight leader Dane Jeff Winther (71) and three Spanish including big-hitting Alvaro Quiros (69), were tied at seven-under.
Ardglass Cormac Sharvin looks set to join Caldwell over the weekend in adding a second day level par 70 to his opening 71 for a one-over tally. Sharvin, and starting from the 10th, could not get off the bogey train dropping shots at the 11th, 17th and 18th holes before halting the slide with back-to-back birdies at the first and second holes on the ‘card’. He then birdied the fifth to bravely get back to level par.
Eight players are presently inside the projected one-over par cut-off mark who have yet to complete their second rounds. Currently 72 players are inside the cut-off mark leaving Royal Dublin’s Niall Kearney an anxious wait as to whether those eight players could see the cut drop to two-over. If it should, then Kearney will join Caldwell and Sharvin playing all four rounds.
Kearney recorded two birdies and three bogeys in a second straight 71. Paul Dunne undid his good work in opening 67 in adding a second day 76 to drop to three-over while Gavin Moynihan continued to struggle improving only slightly with a 75 after his first round 77.
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