Tough conditions in Saint-Omer saw Paul McBride miss the cut at the Hauts de France-Pas de Calais Golf Open as scoring was high in France.
The Island man, the only Irish player in the field at this week’s event, carded a triple-bogey, five bogeys and two birdies in a six-over 77 that dropped him to nine-over-par for the week and well adrift of the five-over cut line, his fourth missed cut in a row.
It was a brutal run around the turn that did the damage for McBride, who bogeyed both the eighth and ninth before triple-bogeying the par-four 10th, and he wasn’t able to claw back the deficit to secure his place in the final round.
The Irishman wasn’t the only person to struggle at AA Saint-Omer as scoring was tough the whole way throughout the field, with leaders Andrea Saracino and Davey Porsius only three-under-par.
Indeed, only nine players are under-par after two rounds and only one player is at level-par, reflecting how tough conditions have been in France this week.
Porsius was the best of the two leaders on day two as a bogey-free three-under 68 – consisting of an eagle, a birdie and 16 pars – lifted him to the top alongside Saracino, who mixed three birdies with two bogeys in a one-under 70.
Five players are tied for second, including impressive French amateur Julien Sale, at two-under-par while France’s Alexandre Daydou shot the best round of the second day as six birdies and a double-bogey led to a four-under 67 that has him in the group tied for eighth at one-under.
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