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Maybin and Hoey suffer sting in the tail

Gareth Maybin and Michael Hoey both endured a rocky finish to their second rounds at the Nordea Masters.

Things didn't go smoothly in Sweden for the Ulster duo.

Pars on 16 and 17 would have left Maybin sharing the lead but, instead, consecutive double bogeys dropped him back to two under as he finished on 75.

Hoey also double bogeyed the same holes as his 75 left him on level par and six off the pace.

Kevin Phelan is the leading Irishman on three under after a 70.

County Down-based Simon Thornton was challenging for the lead at one point but crashed to two over and is in serious danger of missing the cut.

Shane Lowry will be in action over the weekend after a 73 left him alongside Hoey on level par.

Alvaro Quiros carded the best round of the second day to take a share of the lead with Victor Dubuisson and Eddie Pepperell.

Spaniard Quiros was five-under-par for the day following eagles on the first and 11th holes, along with birdies on the 15th and 18th and a bogey on the fourth as he went round in 67.

That bogey cost him the outright lead, but Quiros was satisfied with his score in light of what he felt to be issues with his putting.

"I've been hitting the ball very well from tee to green, but even with the scores I've had I have not putted great," Quiros said.

"I had one putt from eight metres for eagle on 11, but apart from that I've had a lot of putts from around five or six metres and not holed any. So, even though I'm happy I could have putted better.

"This course is playing a few holes long, and even the short ones are feeling easy. My length helps but the important thing is to control it. The distance control is hard in this wind though.

"At least it was warmer today than yesterday."

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