Missed cuts for the Irish as Jazz lights up Japan to share lead

Ronan MacNamara

Gary Hurley (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Gary Hurley, Tom McKibbin and Brendan Lawlor all missed the cut at the ISPS HANDA Championship in Japan as Jazz Janewattananond birdied his last three holes to grab a share of the halfway lead alongside Grant Forrest and Lucas Herbert.

It’s five missed cuts in six for Hurley who followed up an encouraging opening 67 with a disappointing 75 to miss the cut by four shots on two-over.

McKibbin finished a shot further back while Lawlor shot an improved 77 for an eighteen-over total.


Thailand’s Janewattananond saved his best for last as he followed up his opening 67 with a stunning 63 on Friday, making five birdies over the last seven holes to reach ten under par.

Forrest also finished with a flourish as he posted a sensational 62 for the lowest round of the week so far.

The Scot drained a monster birdie putt at the eighth – his penultimate hole – before making a closing gain from around ten feet to join early starters Janewattananond and Herbert at the summit.

Australian Herbert, whose arrival into Japan was delayed by travel issues earlier in the week, shot a second-round 63 which contained nine birdies and two bogeys.

Germany’s Maximilian Kieffer was in solo fourth, one shot behind the leaders on nine under after his 65.

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