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Gareth Maybin stays in Masters contention after shooting second round three-under par 67

By Staff Reporter

Gareth Maybin shot a second round three-under par 67 to lie in a tie for fifth place, just three shots off the pace, at the halfway stage of the European Masters in Switzerland.

The Ballyclare man posted four birdies and one bogey to finish level with Shane Lowry and two ahead of Michael Hoey.

Hoey also had four birdies in his second round but two bogeys left him on 68 and tied for 13th place at Crans-sur-Sierre.

But former Open champion Darren Clarke missed the cut, despite a 66, which included six birdies in the outward nine.

But two bogeys on the homeward stretch saw him miss the cut by one shot. Padraig Harrington on three under and Peter Lawrie on one under will both play the final two rounds this weekend.

Scotland's Richie Ramsay leads on 12 under and vowed to maintain a relaxed attitude as he looks to win the tournament for the second time in three years.

Ramsay added a 66 to his opening 62 and is one shot ahead of Ryder Cup debutant Jamie Donaldson.

American Brooks Koepka, who was considered for a wild card by US captain Tom Watson, is a shot further back after consecutive rounds of 65, alongside England's Graeme Storm who carded a 66.

"It was a little bit tougher today," Ramsay said. "I thought some of the pins were trickier on the back side and a little bit of rain made the temperature go up and down.

"But I stayed steady, had a good attitude again and picked up a few shots coming in which was nice, so all in all a good day's work."

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