European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke fired a second round two under par 70 to make the cut at the Italian Open in Monza.
The Dungannon man is a full nine shots behind Sweden’s Jens Fahrbring and Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark who top the leaderboard on 13 under par.
Peter Lawrie is the best placed of the Irish contingent, carding a second round 67 to finish the day tied for 13th on nine under par.
Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley also made it through to the weekend on the same mark as Clarke, four under par.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Caldwell produced a magnificent finish to win the European Tour Qualifying School First Stage Section A at The Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course in Scotland.
The Clandeboye golfer, who partnered Rory McIlroy in the 2007 Walker Cup, signed for an eight under par 64 in the fourth and final round to finish five shots clear at 16 under par with American Brinson Paolini (69) – a Challenge Tour winner in 2013 – tied second alongside Englishmen Matthew Cort (72) and Chris Rodgers (71).
Also reaching the the Second Stage, which will be played across four Spanish venues in November were Alan Dunbar, Colm Campbell, Richard Kilpatrick, Rory McNamara, Gary Hurley and Brian Casey.