Australian Richard Green almost certainly kissed goodbye to playing in The Masters in two weeks after a second successive 71 at the Andalucian Open in Malaga today.
The left-hander had to win the event to have a chance of climbing into the world’s top 50 in time to qualify for the first major of the year, but was likely to miss the halfway cut on two over par.
Tournament promoter Miguel Angel Jimenez was in even greater danger of making an early exit at four over with two to play, but there were no such problems for Denmark’s Jeppe Huldahl.
The former Wales Open champion had another 66 and, on eight under, led by one from Swede Oscar Floren, a graduate from last year’s Challenge Tour.
Huldahl slumped outside Europe’s top 150 last season, but has been making swing changes in the knowledge that his European Tour exemption runs out later this year.
“To be a more stable player I had to have a better swing,” said the 28-year-old, who made his move with four birdies in five holes from the turn before adding another from seven feet at the last.
Sweden’s Peter Hedblom, German Florian Fritsch and five-time Japanese Tour winner Tetsuji Hiratsuka were tied for third on six under.
Londoner Anthony Wall, who narrowly failed to grab his first Tour win for 11 years in Sicily on Monday, reached the same mark, but then slipped back to four under.