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McDowell forced to dig deep as he is left in limbo

 

Graeme McDowell
Graeme McDowell

By Brian Keogh

Graeme McDowell was teetering on the Honda Classic's cut line after a brave 70 left him on two-over at PGA National.

Despite going par-birdie-birdie through the deadly Bear Trap, the Portrush star was four-over for the tournament with five holes to go.

After starting with a bogey at the 10th, McDowell followed those birdies at the 16th and 17th with three bogeys in a row from the second.

But birdies from eight and 12 feet at his 16th and 18th holes saw him post a 70 to finish on two-over alongside defending champion Justin Thomas.

The World No. 3 complained of a dead arm as he mixed an eagle, two birdies with three bogeys and two double bogeys to post a 74.

Korea's Sungjae Im fired a six-under 64 and Keith Mitchell a 66 to lead by a shot in the clubhouse on six-under from former US Open champion Lucas Glover.

Seamus Power found water three times and missed his ninth cut in 11 starts, crashing to an eight over 78 to finish on 11-over.

Elsewhere, Paul Dunne faces a grim battle to make the cut after a sandstorm blasted the field in the Oman Open.

Just four hours of play were possible before unexpected high winds whipped sand across the seaside Al Mouj course, forcing officials to halt play.

Dunne was level for the day, a shot outside the projected cut mark on two-over with five holes of his second round to go.

Dane Joachim B. Hansen (16 holes) was tied for the lead with first-round leader Kurt Kitayama (13 holes) on six-under when play was called off.

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