Paul Dunne left it very late to guarantee his passage into the weekend at the Made in HimmerLand after he birdied his 17th hole to make the halfway cut on the number at four-under.
The Greystones native endured a thoroughly frustrating day until that point with one bogey and fifteen pars dropping him to three-under for the tournament and on course for an early flight home.
Had he missed the cut, he would have surely pointed towards two closing bogeys in round one, but he rallied on Friday with a vital birdie on the par-5 8th and a par on 9 as he settled for a level-par 71 and a sigh of relief.
There were no such worries for Jonathan Caldwell who also carded a 71 as he failed to make any inroads into Ross McGowan’s lead.
The Clandeboye native did end a run of seven successive missed cuts and he can focus on posting a high finish over the weekend.
Playing the course from back to front, the 38-year-old made the ideal start as he backed up an opening 65 with a birdie on the 14th while birdies on 17 and 18 followed a double-bogey on 16.
Caldwell’s back nine was less eventful with eight pars coming with a bogey on the par-3 3rd.
England’s McGowan is still the man to catch at the halfway stage after he backed up an opening 62 with an equally impressive 65 to move to fifteen-under.
The 40-year-old is one shot ahead Richard Mansell and Francesco Laporta as he hunts down a 3rd DP World Tour win.
McGowan started fast with an opening birdie before five birdies in six holes saw hm turn in 31.
A birdie on 12 strengthened his position and after back-to-back bogeys on 15 and 16, McGowan showed his powers of recovery with birdies on 16 and 18 to jump back into the lead.
It was good, I played pretty solid early doors although I mis-clubbed a couple of times as the weather started getting warmer, and I didn’t adjust quick enough so I made a silly bogey at six,” he explained.
“But I bounced back well with a few birdies to close the front nine and then a couple of silly mistakes on the back nine and a couple of bogeys, but I finished well.
“It’s good, I’m looking forward to the weekend and hopefully I can put together a few rounds similar to the first two.”
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