Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick came within inches of an elusive 59 in the second round of the KLM Open as the tournament’s low scoring continued.
A day after Paul Lawrie and Wade Ormsby both shot nine under par 61, 21 year old Fitzpatrick went one better, narrowly missing out on breaking 60 when his birdie putt on the last came up just short.
It was good enough to reach nine under, however, three shots behind leader Søren Kjeldsen of Denmark.
Irish Open winner Kjeldsen matched his opening 64 – this time without any dropped shots – to lead by one stroke at 12 under par from England’s David Horsey and Australian Ormsby, with another Englishman, James Morrison, and Dane Morten Ørum Madsen on ten under.
European Ryder Cup captain, Darren Clarke, carded a second successive 71 and missed the cut.
Only three Irish players made it through to the weekend, with Simon Thornton the best placed on five under par. Padraig Harrington carded a second round 65 to finish on four under with Peter Lawrie a shot further back on three under.
American legend Tom Watson signed for a two under par 68 to make the cut – the second oldest player in European Tour history to do so – while Martin Kaymer, the highest ranked player in the field, had a second 67 to reach six under overall, good enough for a share of 19th place.