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Donald's late rally sees him make the weekend

By Andy Farrell

Just being around for the last 36 holes was a question concerning some of the British contingent.

Luke Donald birdied the last hole for a second 73 and made the cut at two over par.

Paul Casey and Ian Poulter spent most of the afternoon flirting with the cut mark, while there was a nervous wait for those in the clubhouse at three over par.

Lee Westwood only claimed one birdie in a 76 while also suffering a double bogey at the 8th.

It was all in stark contrast to the serene progress that had the Worksop man leading after three rounds at Muirfield last year.

Ashley Chesters was also at three over and in need of making the cut to claim the silver medal as the leading amateur. The prize is only awarded to a player who completes all 72 holes and the European Amateur champion was the leading contender.

Heading out on the Hoylake links in the middle of the day with the wind still blowing for all its worth, Chesters slumped to an outward 41, which included a run of four bogeys in a row.

But there was the thrill of holing two giant putts at the 15th and 17th holes and some memories to treasure once he heads to the professional game.

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