Jeev fails to make Agadir cut

 A costly bogey on the back nine put paid to Jeev Milkha Singh’s hopes as he missed the midway cut in Trophée Hassan II event on the European Tour here.

Jeev shot a one-under 71, but that was not enough to make the cut following his first round 74. His total of 145 was one short of the cut which came at even par. Jeev had four birdies on the first 10 holes – on the first, seventh, eighth and tenth, but bogeys on third and 10th had him on the bubble.

A late bogey on 14th saw Jeev crash out as 71 players made the cut. Damien McGrane signed for a second round 68 on his return to Golf du Pails Royal to retake the lead. The Irishman only played five holes on Friday after five-and-a-half hours play was lost to strong winds.

That allowed Welshman Phillip Price to set the clubhouse target at 10-under par with the former Ryder Cup star carding a 66.

Sharmila makes cut
Sharmila Nicollet rallied from a first round 75 to make her first cut on the Ladies European Tour outside India with a plucky display on Saturday in the weather-hit Lalla Meryem Cup in Agadir, Morocco.

Sharmila, who shot 75 on the first day, added a second-round even-par 71 to make the weekend rounds.

She moved up from 84th place to tied 59th after the second round. The third and final round was to be played from two tees later on Saturday.

Sharmila was on the cutline that came at four-over in a competition that has been hit by bad weather and strong winds.

Sharmila, who could not even start her second round on Friday, because of winds and shortened day, teed off from the 10th and dropped a bogey on par-3 12th.

She recovered from that with a birdie on 17th. She again alternated between a bogey on first and birdie on second. A birdie on eighth gave Sharmila a cushion and despite a tense bogey on par-3 ninth, her closing hole in the second round, she squeezed into the final round.

“It is indeed a relief to make a cut, because I was disappointed at missing out in New Zealand, where also I played in bad weather,” said Sharmila.

Marianne Skarpnord stayed in front after the second round. The Norwegian remained a stroke ahead of Jade Schaeffer while English rookie Eleanor Givens continued to impress on her professional debut by signing for a second round of four-under 67.

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