Moynihan ends a great year with a missed cut in Joburg

Bernie McGuire

Gavin Moynihan has missed the halfway cut despite a much improved second day at the Joburg Open in South Africa.


Moynihan carded three bogeys yesterday on the Firethorn course on his way to a level par 72 but there were no such slips today on the Bushwillow track, his blemish-free round of 69 which left the Team Ireland player in a tie for 99th, two shots outside the weekend standard.


The Dubliner came out swinging knowing that he needed a low one to advance to the final 36-holes, and an opening birdie at the par-5 1st was the ideal way to start.

However he was quiet thereafter, making nothing until another gain at the par-5 17th, knowing he needed at least one more birdie at the last to have any chance.

It wasn’t to be for Gavin, who’s had a harsh opening to life on Tour, but it only takes one good week in this game and considering the rollercoaster of emotions he went through in securing his card, achieving such heights before Christmas was always going to be a big ask. With time on his side, we have no doubt the results will come early in 2018.

Gavin took to twitter after his round and summed his year up perfectly.

At the head of affairs, Tapio Pulkkanen fired an impressive 64 to set the clubhouse target at 14 under on day two at Randpark Golf Club.

The Finn missed his first cut as a European Tour regular at the UBS Hong Kong Open but he was in no danger of that in Johannesburg as low scoring continued to be the order of the day for the field of 240 over two rain-softened layouts.

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