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Paul Cutler stays in the mix

Paul Cutler remains the leading Irishman after the second day of the European Amateur Individual Championship in Finland.

But the Portstewart star will have to produce something special if he is to feature among the medals as he goes into the third round today eight strokes off the pace.

Walker Cup probable Cutler, currently 10th in the world rankings, fired a second successive level par 72 for a 36-hole aggregate of 144.

Rory Leonard produced a much better performance returning two under par 70, which takes him five strokes off his first round for a total of 145 — one over par.

Meanwhile, Ireland celebrated winning the Boys Home International Championship over the Southerness links in Scotland.

A delighted Irish captain Liam Martin said: "The boys played their hearts out, deserved to win and did their country proud."

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