There was no second day miracle for Gavin Moynihan as he bowed out of the Tshwayne Open in South Africa. earlier today.
Moynihan returned an improved two-over-par 73 today but fell a full seven shots outside the cut mark, finishing his own challenge on plus six in a share of 135th.
The Dubliner took to Twitter shortly after his round to express his disappointment with his recent form, citing his woes with the short blade as the main culprit behind his struggles:
“Last 4 weeks have been tough. Getting nothing out of my game. Ball striking is there but putting is just nowhere good enough. A lot of work to do.”
His missed cut in Pretoria is his sixth in succession since earning his European Tour status at the end of last year and it’s undoubtedly been a tough introduction to life on Tour for Gavin.
Still, he’s proved himself capable off mixing it with the best off invitations in the past and if he can take that laissez-faire mentality to the fairways in the coming weeks, there’s no doubt that short stick will start behaving itself once more.
At the other end of the spectrum, George Coetzee kick-started his bid for a second Tshwane Open title with a 64 that gave him the midway lead at Pretoria Country Club.
The 2015 champion grew up playing the Waterkloof layout and after an opening 67 had left him in the pack on Thursday, he used all his local knowledge to get to 11 under and surge up the leaderboard.
His bogey-free effort left him a shot ahead of Finn Mikko Korhonen – who matched his 64 – and Chile’s Felipe Aguilar who shot a 67.
The trio posted their scores in the morning session and while conditions remained perfect in the afternoon, none of the later starters could make a major move.
Overnight leader Louis de Jager was at seven under alongside countrymen JC Ritchie and Justin Walters, and Portuguese Ricardo Gouveia.