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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Schwartzel misses cut as Grillo leads way in bid for first pro title

South African Charl Schwartzel was the biggest casualty of the cut at the Perth International after hitting a four-over-par 76 in his second round to finish 14 shots behind leader Emilano Grillo.

The 2011 US Masters champion had six bogeys, before clawing back two birdies to end with a total of three-over 147 and miss the cut at Lake Karrinyup, north of Perth, by a shot. Ireland's Gareth Maybin also missed the cut on 147 after rounds of 77 and 71.

"I've enjoyed Perth a lot and hopefully I will be back soon to redeem myself," said Schwartzel.

Argentina's Grillo, chasing his first win as a professional, carded a 67 for a total of 133, four shots ahead of American Bo van Pelt and Jason Scrivener of Australia.

Britain's Paul Casey threatened early in the second round before fading on the back nine with a 75 and American Jason Dufner, at 10 in the world the highest ranked player in the tournament, fought hard for a four-under 67.

Van Pelt missed only three greens during his second round.

"I was driving the ball in play, and was able to take advantage of it," he said. "It's a very challenging golf course and it's fun to play. I'm very excited to be in a decent position going into the weekend."

Irish Independent

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