Ashley Chesters. Picture: Getty Images
Amateur Paul McBride and Greystones’ Paul Dunne look set to make the cut in the weather-affected Porsche European Open.
Making his European Tour debut on an invitation, The Island’s McBride was one under par after 13 holes of his second round and tied for 37th on three-under before play was suspended due to fading light.
Dunne was just inside the projected cut mark, three under for the day and one-under for the tournament with two holes of his round remaining.
Chris Selfridge missed the cut after rounds of 75 and 73 while Michael Hoey, who shot 79 on day one, retired after playing six holes of his second round in one-over.
England’s Ashley Chesters posted a flawless 67 to grab the clubhouse lead before the second round was suspended.
Chesters and fellow Englishman Jordan Smith were tied at the top of the leaderboard on eight under par when the second heavy downpour of the day forced play to be halted due to a waterlogged course at 12.59pm local time.
Upon resumption of play after close to a four-hour delay, the 27-year-old maintained his composure to finish his round with a par at the long ninth for a second successive bogey-free round to set the clubhouse target at nine under par.
That left him one stroke clear of Siddikur Rahman, who completed his round on Friday, and Richard McEvoy and defending champion Alexander Levy – both of whom were still out on course when play was suspended for the day at 20.52pm.
Smith meanwhile sits a further shot back at seven under alongside Sweden’s Jens Fahrbring after a run of five birdies on the back nine pushed him up the leaderboard, while a further eight players are tied at six under including overnight leader Julian Suri.
Players will complete round two when play resumes at 8 am on Saturday morning with round three not commencing before 11 am.
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