McGinley’s misery continues

PAUL McGINLEY’S chances of making Europe’s Ryder Cup team look bleak after he missed the cut at the Saint Omer Open yesterday.

The Irishman followed up a three-over-par 74 from the previous day with a four-over 75 to miss the cut by two shots.

Had he holed a 20-foot putt for birdie on the 18th green he would have made it through to the weekend, but it sailed past and he then missed the return. That bogey was one of six for the day and 12 for the tournament.

Four Irish players — Gary Maybin, Michael Hoey, Colm Moriarty and David Higgins — made the cut.

Despite a strong showing in the first half of the BMW PGA Championships last month, where he set a new record low 36-hole aggregate, 41-year-old McGinley has yet to win this season and failed to qualify for this week’s US Open.

McGinley sunk to new lows here, finishing day two 10 shots off the lead held by Sweden’s Christian Nilsson, who equalled the course record with a stunning seven-under 64.

The 29-year-old fired seven birdies in a flawless second round to match the record held by Brett Rumford and Jamie Little, which propels him to three under, two shots clear of Englishman John Morgan.

Nilsson attributed his strong showing to his short game and the improved weather.

“Yesterday was not good but today was very good,” he said. “I made a lot of putts and played good iron shots. Playing well on the greens was a big difference. I didn’t make any putts yesterday but today I did.

“The greens are very tricky and tough to find the lines but today I found them.

“The weather also made a big difference. Yesterday was windy, rainy and cold.

“It’s a lot more fun to play in good conditions and when you play well it’s even more fun.”

He added: “I need a good couple of rounds now to finish and I’m feeling quite refreshed.”

Overnight leader Roope Kakko could not reproduce Thursday’s superb form and a three-over 74 left him tied for fourth with six others on level par.


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