Cormac Sharvin will be looking forward to weekend golf for the first time in fourteen events after making the cut at the D+D Real Czech Masters on the DP World Tour.
The Ardglass man has been battling for form all season without much success, but he has finally ended his lengthy drought on Europe’s top circuit after making it through the second round at Albatross Golf Resort in Prague.
Sharvin, who started with a one-under 71 in his first round, backed it up with a three-under 69 in his second round to make the cut comfortably at four-under-par, two shots above the line, and will play competitive golf on a Saturday and Sunday for the first time since March’s Kenya Open.
The 29-year-old had five birdies and two bogeys on day two to safely progress and, while it is too early to call this a resurgence towards the end of the season as he looks to work his way up the Race to Dubai rankings to retain his playing status for next season, it is a very welcome boost.
He will start the weekend ten shots off the lead, however, as Malaysia’s Gavin Green roared to the top of the leaderboard with a superb nine-under 63 on Friday.
The 28-year-old had two eagles and five birdies in a stunning round of golf that takes him up to 14-under-par for the tournament and three shots clear of Marcel Schneider, Richard Mansell and Thomas Pieters, who are all tied for second at 11-under.
“I played solid. I hit good drives and kept it in play all day. Didn’t take any crazy risks and on some holes we played to the fattest part of the green, took our two putts, and on some holes we went for it. It paid off nicely,” said Green.
“I went to see my coach after Barbasol or Barracuda and we did a small tweak and that has helped me and made me more consistent. It’s still a work in progress, it’s a step-by-step kind of process and I’m trying to hit good shots.
“If it happens it happens and hopefully the bad shots aren’t really bad. We’re just trying to keep it in play, take chances where we can and make some putts.”
Sharvin will be joined in the weekend by David Carey, who made his third consecutive cut on the DP World Tour by adding a two-under 70 to his first round 71 to progress to the final two days at three-under-par.
The Dubliner raced out to a hot start after beginning at the 10th, birdieing four of his first five holes but couldn’t maintain that momentum as he dropped three shots before finishing with a flourish with a birdie on his final hole, the ninth.
It wasn’t to be for Gavin Moynihan, as a one-over 73 dropped him down to level-par for the tournament and two shots outside the cut line, and he will be frustrated with a back nine that consisted entirely of pars.
Paul Dunne also missed the cut as a level-par 72 was an improvement on his first round, but a 76 on day one did the damage and left him at four-over-par for the tournament.