Cairns misses Joburg Open cut

HARARE - Ryan Cairns fired a second round 70 yesterday but missed the cut at the co-sanctioned Joburg Open at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club.

The Zimbabwean Sunshine Tour contender finished the tournament with a gross total of two-under 141 following his 71 at the West course in the opening round.

The cut for the tournament was set at four-under and Cairns failed to make it into the weekend by just two shots.

Yesterday, the Zimbabwe appeared to have a chance of making the cut when he went into the back nine on three-under.

Cairns, however, failed to pick up any birdies on the back nine and was finally condemned when bogeyed the par-four 18th hole.

Earlier in the day, Cairns had birdied the 2nd, 5th and 6th holes as he appeared set to make way up the leaderboard.

At the close of play after the second round yesterday, Scot Graig Lee and Edoardo Molinari of Italy on 11-under 130.

South African George Coetzee and Englishman David Horsey were tied in third place on 10-under after two rounds.

“I’ve played really nice golf for that, so I’m delighted with the score that I’ve managed to put together,” said Lee.

“It’s really hard to figure out where you are in the field with two golf courses, and with the East being slightly tougher I feel like I’m in a good position,” he said.

“If we can keep the same level of golf then we might be able to separate ourselves from the bunch.”

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