Graeme McDowell’s return to competitive action after a 10 week break ended, not surprisingly, in a missed cut at the Northern Trust Open.
GMAC carded round of 73/72 at the Riviera County Club and will now head to Arizona to prepare for the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship which begins on Wednesday.
It was a bad day at the office all round for Ulster golfers with Gareth Maybin missing the cut on the European Tour in South Africa and Gareth Shaw also failing to make it through to the weekend on the Challenge Tour in Kenya.
Maybin followed up his opening round 74 with a second round 71 at East London GC to miss by a single shot. Shaw missed out in similar agonising fashion, two over par 73 left him on three over, just one shot out of the weekend action.
David Higgins leads the Irish challenge in South Africa on six under par, eight shots behind leader Brazil’s Adilson Da Silva
Da Silva, a ten-time winner on the South African Sunshine Tour, began the day one shot behind overnight leader Van Zyl after only completing eight holes on a weather-affected first day, but quickly found the rhythm he had exhibited on Thursday in carding five birdies over the first six holes.
Da Silva acknowledged he had been helped by the draw, with meant he had avoided the worst of the heavy gusts his rivals had to deal with.
“I got a good break yesterday,” he said. “It was extremely hard out there for the morning field, and then I got the break and I just started making some putts.
“I somehow just felt the pace, and my caddie and I are reading the greens very well.
“My putting has been letting me down lately, and it just came alive. I must have had 23, 24 putts, which must make it my best round in putting. I was averaging 32 putts a round in Asia last year.”
Van Zyl teed off in the afternoon to reclaim second spot from fellow South African Darren Fichardt when he completed a round of 67, but Parry stayed in touch by picking up five shots on the back nine.