Moran the sole survivor after round two at Alps New Giza Open

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For the third tournament in succession, Robert Moran is the sole Irishman to survive the 36-hole cut on the Alps Tour, but after a one-under 71, the Castle man finds himself six back going into the final round.

Starting round two on the 10th, he picked up a shot on the 12th but gave it back on 13, picked up another on 15 and gave that back on 18 as he reached the midpoint at level-par for the day. He’d make just one more birdie on the front nine, this coming at the second, and this time he held onto it, parring his final seven holes to end the day in a tie for 16th at -5.

Paul Murphy, who began the day alongside Moran at -4, shot a three-over 75 to miss the cut by one, as did Marc Boucher, but he can take minor consolation from shooting his first sub-70 round on the Alps circuit, even though his 69 was one too many to make it through to the third round.

Paul McBride was one further back at level-par, and both Brandon St. John and AJ McCabe were well off the pace.

Frenchman Benjamin Kedochim leads the way on 11-under after following up his opening 66 with a second-round 67 to open up a two-stroke lead over Italy’s Manfredi Manica and Harry Ellis of England.


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