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Darren Clarke fires in flawless 67 to make consecutive European Tour cuts for first time since 2016

Darren Clarke has made successive cuts on the European Tour for the first time since 2016 - and he did it in style.

The Royal Portrush golfer carded a five-under-par bogey-free 67 in the second round of the NBO Oman Open to sit in a tie for ninth going into the weekend.

Clarke, at five under par, is six shots behind leader Matthieu Pavon, who completed a second round 65 to stretch two shots clear of second-placed Matthew Southgate.

Clarke, 49, also made the halfway cut at the Maybank Championship two weeks ago. Before that, the last time the world number 1,442 had made it through to a European Tour weekend was at the 2016 Open Championship.

His 67 in Muscast included three consecutive birdies from holes five to seven as he went out in four under par 32.

Clarke tees off in round three at 7.41 GMT on Saturday morning alongside Englishman Andrew Johnston.

Gavin Moynihan missed the cut by one shot after a disappointing second round 74.

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