The Irish Times - Sports Weekend

McKibbin’s pro debut ends early in Tenerife


Northern Irish teenager Tom McKibbin has missed the cut on his profession­al debut despite a second consecutiv­e 70 leaving him two under par at the halfway stage of the Tenerife Open.

McKibbin made four birdies and three bogeys in his second round at Costa Adeje and fell two shots short or reaching the weekend.

Jonathan Caldwell is leadi ng the Irish challenge on eight under par for the tournament, but he is well off the leader – world number 571 Nicolai Von Dellingsha­usen, who takes a three- shot lead into the third round.

Von Dellingsha­usen added a second round of 62 to his opening 64 to reach 16 under par, with Spain’s Pep Angles on 13 under following a second round of 64.

Scotland’s Scott Jamieson carded a course record of 61 to share third place on 12 under with Australia’s Scott Hend, Spain’s Eduard Rousaud and Finland’s Kalle Samooja.

Niall Kearney also crept inside the cut mark on four under par after a second- consecutiv­e 69, while Paul Dunne and Cormac Sharvin both missed out on two over par.

“It was just another great day in the office today,” Germany’s Von Dellingsha­usen said. “I played well t ee t o green, made a couple of good putts, but j ust stiffed a l ot more ( approach shots) than I did yesterday and made the crucial up and downs.

“I’ve been working on staying in the present a lot more and I think that’s one of the biggest achievemen­ts and what I took from Austria on the Sunday ( starting four off the lead and carding a 74).

“I’m a thinker, I like being in the future or in the past so it’s a big challenge for me to stay in the present moment and I think I’ve done that a lot better the last two days.”

Outside chance

Jamieson had an outside chance of the second 59 in European Tour history when he covered his first 13 holes in eight under par, but parred the next three holes before making birdies on the 17th and 18th.

“It’s such a funny game,” the Florida- based Scot said. “I just did the simple things well and holed a couple of nice putts at the right time to get momentum on my side. The five par fives are all gettable. If you take care of business there and you are playing well there are plenty of chances. I hope I get something nice from the club ( for the course record), I will soon find out!

“Off t he t ee yesterday I wasn’t particular­ly good. I was better today, only hit one shot that didn’t really feel like it was in play. Hopefully those feelings I was having today can roll into the weekend.”

First- round leader Thorbjorn Olesen slipped five shots off the lead after adding a 69 to his opening 62.

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