Gareth Maybin makes cut, but Michael Hoey’s Spanish bogey continues

Michael Hoey
Michael Hoey

Gareth Maybin remained five off the pace at the Spanish Open after hitting a second-round 70 in Girona on the Friday’s second day.

But Michael Hoey’s luck at the event continued as he once again failed to make the cut.

He has never made the cut at the Spanish Open.

Maybin’s one-under total left him five behind Belgian leader Thomas Pieters who shot a second successive 69.

But while Ballyclare player Maybin, 33, is sharing 10th place, Hoey missed his first cut of 2014 after firing a disappointing 78.

That left the Galgorm Castle touring professional on eight over which was going to be four shots too many.

Maybin is the leading Irishman with Paul McGinley [72] on two over and David Higgins [74] and Kevin Phelan [71] both three over.

County-Down based Simon Thornton survived into the weekend at the PGA Catalunya Resort on the cut mark of four over after carding a disappointing 76.

Thornton had started the day on level par but Meath man Damien McGrane exited after an 80 left him on 11 over.

Maybin, 33, could do with a decent finish in Girona as he is currently 198th in the Race to Dubai standings with only the top 115 set to retain their cards at the end of the season.

The Ballyclare man did end a run of five missed cuts when he shared 54th place in his most recent outing in Singapore earlier this month.

Hoey, 35, is currently 34th in the order of merit standings and is already assured of retaining his card for next season.

Belgium’s Thomas Pieters, the world number 690, produced a storming finish to his second round to claim the halfway lead

Pieters was two over par for the day after 10 holes, but birdied five of the next seven to come home in 31 for a second successive 69, despite playing in the windier afternoon conditions.

That gave the 6ft 5in 22-year-old, who secured his European Tour card via the qualifying school on the same course in November, a six under par halfway total and one-shot lead over Holland’s Joost Luiten and England’s Eddie Pepperell.

Luiten had earlier shrugged off a warning for slow play to card a 69 and join Pepperell on five under par, a target which did not look like being beaten until Pieters’ late charge.