Phelan’s hopes dashed with missed cut in Singapore

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Kevin Phelan’s hopes of playing his way into the Saudi International and The Open Championship came to a shuddering halt after a seven-over par 78 saw him miss the cut at the SMBC Singapore Open.

The 31-year old Waterford professional was well-placed after an even par opening effort but was unable to capitalise at the Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club, posting five bogeys and two doubles in a very disappointing round on Friday.

It was a week of opportunity in Singapore for Phelan with the R&A offering the leading four players who finish in the top-12 and ties who are not already exempt entry into the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews this summer.

There was also the hope of forcing his way inside top-30 on the Order of Merit and therefore qualifying for next month’s $5 million Saudi International, however that dream is parked for another day after his seven-over par 36-hole total fell four shots shy of the cut.

It’s been a tricky couple of days in Singapore with England’s Paul Casey battling back from a 76 with a three-under 68 to make the cut at two-over.

American Sihwan Kim leads the way by three atop the board at nine-under par after signing for a brilliant five-under 66 in round two.

FreeSports is airing live and exclusive coverage from Singapore this week. FreeSports is a free to air sports channel operating in the UK and Ireland. In Ireland, FreeSports is available on channel 422 on Sky.

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