Long tops the leaderboard as Irish trio miss the cut at The Belfry

Adam McKendry
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Hurly Long (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

It will be a quiet weekend for all three of Jonathan Caldwell, Paul Dunne and Cormac Sharvin as the Irish trio all missed the cut at the Betfred British Masters after a poor performance at The Belfry.

With the cut line falling at level-par, none of the three were even close to making it in for the final two rounds as Caldwell and Dunne both finished seven-over, while Sharvin was 13-over for his two rounds.

It’s another disappointing weekend for the trio, all of whom are struggling for form this season and none of whom are inside the top-180 on the DP World Tour’s Race to Dubai standings.

Caldwell was the best of the three on day two but all he could manage was a two-over 74 in his second round as three birdies were undone by five bogeys in Birmingham to drop him back into a share of 137th, where he was joined by Dunne.

The Greystones man mathematically stood the best chance of making the cut after a four-over 76 in his first round and, although he turned in the same score after one birdie and one bogey on his front nine, four bogeys and just one birdie on his inward nine ended his hopes as a 75 dropped him to seven-over as well.

Meanwhile, Sharvin will be glad to just be out of The Belfry as, although most of the damage was done in Thursday’s ugly 81, an eagle and three birdies will have been no consolation in a roller coaster 76 on day two that yielded seven bogeys and a double-bogey.

At the top, Germany’s Hurly Long pulled himself clear at the top of the standings with five birdies and a bogey on his way to a four-under 68 in his second round, which has him one shot ahead at nine-under-par for the tournament.

“It was good. I thought the conditions were quite a bit more difficult today with the wind and it’s a bit cooler and there’s a lot of tough holes out here but despite not driving it my best, the irons were really good again and so I did give myself some opportunities and yeah, took them when I could.  So yeah, I’m happy,” commented Long.

“The game is good, and I know that if I play the way I can play, that I can compete out here.  So I’m certainly not scared to do well.  I think that’s something I’ve learned over time and I’m just enjoying it.  It’s awesome.  We play great courses and great guys out here, so it’s been great,” he added.

The 27-year-old is closely followed by Thorbjorn Olesen, Marcus Kinhult and Richie Ramsay, who are all eight-under-par, with Denmark’s Rasmus Hojgaard at seven-under and tournament host Danny Willett leading a four-strong group at six-under after he shot the best round of day two, a seven-under 65.

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