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Caldwell left flying the flag for NI after making the cut


Jonathan Caldwell

Jonathan Caldwell

Jonathan Caldwell

Jonathan Caldwell is the only Northern Ireland man left standing on the European side of the golfing world this week as Cormac Sharvin and Michael Hoey missed the cut at their respective events.

Needing a good round to make the cut, Caldwell pulled out a fantastic five-under 65 in his second round at the Gran Canaria Lopesan Open in Spain to make it into the weekend at seven under overall, only his second made cut in his last seven events.

However, he will not be joined at the weekend by fellow countryman Sharvin, the Ardglass man only able to card a level-par 70 to finish three under for his first two rounds, which meant he missed the mark which fell at five under.

Meanwhile, on the Challenge Tour, Hoey added a two-over 73 in his second round to his first-round 72 at the Limpopo Championship in Modimolle, South Africa which saw him fall four shots short of making the halfway cut at three over altogether.

Caldwell's round has him tied-33rd, with the Clandeboye man angling for his best result since a tied-35th finish at the Joburg Open in his last event of 2020.

The 36-year-old secured his place in the final two rounds with an excellent display, producing some stellar golf after bogeying his second hole of the round, the 11th, carding six birdies and dropping no more shots to haul himself up the leaderboard.

Former Ryder Cup star Thorbjorn Olesen leads the way seven shots ahead of Caldwell at 14 under, the Dane one ahead of Wil Besseling and Rhys Enoch.

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Sharvin, meanwhile, looked set to join Caldwell in the weekend draw after two birdies on his outward nine, only to drop two shots on his way back in, missing only his second cut of the season.

On the Challenge Tour, Hoey was always facing an uphill battle to reach the final two rounds after his opening round, and he couldn't make up enough ground at Euphoria Golf Club on day two to secure his place.

The Ballymoney man mixed four bogeys with two birdies in his second round to see his first event since November come to a premature end.

South Africa's Daniel van Tonder, already a European Tour winner this season, leads the way at 10 under with Norway's Kristian Krogh Johannesson his nearest challenger two shots further back.

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