Waterville's David Higgins will no doubt be disappointed, as will his legion of fans, with his first start back on the European Tour as he missed the cut by four shots in South Africa after rounds of 71 and 73 at the Joburg Open.
The event is played over two courses at the Royal Johannesburg and Kennington Golf Club and Higgins opened up on day one with a level par round of 71 over the west course. An outward nine of two over par 38, which included seven pars and two bogeys, was followed by an inward nine of 33 with three birdies and one bogey leaving the Kerry man needing a low second round in order to make the cut. However, on the East course on Friday he could only manage a one over par 73, which included an eagle, one birdie and four bogeys, and that wasn't good enough for him to make the cut.
Higgins plans to spend a month in South Africa and is included in the field for this week's African Open at the East London Club in Eastern Cape, South Africa where he will be hoping for a much better performance.