Cormac Sharvin five off the lead at Cyprus Open

Pádraig Harrington remains four under par at the Bermuda Championship

Play at the Cyprus Open was suspended due to fading light on Friday. It is due to resume at 8am local time on Saturday. Photograph: Getty Images

Play at the Cyprus Open was suspended due to fading light on Friday. It is due to resume at 8am local time on Saturday. Photograph: Getty Images

 

Richard McEvoy has not recorded a single top-10 finish since getting the better of Bryson DeChambeau in winning the European Open more than two years ago. But a new ball and putter combination paid instant dividends as the 41-year-old Englishman claimed a share of the clubhouse lead in the Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Open.

McEvoy carded a second successive 66 in the inaugural edition of the £900,000 event to join Scotland’s David Drysdale and Finland’s Sami Valimaki on 10 under par before play was suspended due to fading light.

Former Ryder Cup winner Jamie Donaldson and Marcus Armitage were 11 under par with one and three holes to complete respectively, with play due to resume at 8am local time on Saturday.

Ireland’s Cormac Sharvin goes into the weekend just five shots off the clubhouse lead - his six birdies in a four-under par round of 67 leaves him six-under par overall. But Jonathan Caldwell’s one-over par round of 72 leaves him two strokes off the projected three-under par halfway cut-off.

McEvoy had missed the cut in four of his last five starts and began the week ranked 1,258th in the world, but carded six birdies and a solitary bogey in pursuit of his second European Tour title.

“My results probably haven’t shown my actual overall game,” he said. “I’ve been playing okay, but the results have been pretty poor. Putting’s been a very weak point in the last couple of months.

“I’ve changed putter this week, which has been good for confidence, and I’ve also done a ball change this week as well. I did some testing and just found that the ball was dropping out the sky really quickly with the cold weather, so I decided to try something else and it seems to be working really well.”

While US Open champion DeChambeau — who apologised for his brief handshake with McEvoy after making a triple bogey on the 72nd hole of the European Open — has successfully transformed his game through massive hitting, McEvoy believes chasing distance was a big mistake.

“Over the last couple of months I sort of felt like I lost my identity a little bit,” added McEvoy, who ranks 146th on the European Tour in driving distance.

“I was trying to hit the ball too hard, I was trying to hit it further and I didn’t really need to. I kind of lost where I was going with my game and I needed to back off it a little bit, sit down and look at where I was going wrong and start doing what I was good at again.

“I just said to myself ‘I don’t need to be hitting it 30 yards further, 10 yards further would be a massive increase for me’. If I get it on the fairways then I’ve got a chance of getting it close on the greens and giving myself chances.”

Drysdale was annoyed to bogey the 18th after a “pathetic” short-range par putt came up short of the hole, but a second round of 67 left him well placed to contend for a first European Tour title at the 509th attempt.

“There’s a lot of golf to be played,” added Drysdale, who lost a play-off for the Qatar Masters in March.

“I haven’t had that many opportunities over my career. I’ll give it a crack over the weekend and see what happens.”

Padraig Harrington and Matt Jones during the second round of the Bermuda Championship. Photograph: Getty Images
Padraig Harrington and Matt Jones during the second round of the Bermuda Championship. Photograph: Getty Images

Elsewhere Pádraig Harrington failed to follow up on his first round 67, remaining at four under par after Friday’s second round at the Bermuda Championship. Harrington teed off on the back nine at Port Royal Golf Club, following up a birdie on the 13th with a bogey on the 15th. A second birdie on the Par 5 second hole was followed by another bogey on the sixth. Seamus Power is one over par after a three over par second round.

Cyprus Open leaderboard

Second round scores and totals (British unless stated, par 71)

132 David Drysdale 65 67, Richard McEvoy 66 66, Sami Valimaki (Fin) 65 67

133 Shubhankar Sharma (Ind) 67 66, Callum Shinkwin 67 66, Jordan Smith 67 66, Johannes Veerman (USA) 64 69, Thomas Detry (Bel) 66 67, Benjamin Hebert (Fra) 69 64

134 Wil Besseling (Ned) 67 67, Mitch Waite 64 70, Andy Sullivan 65 69, Garrick Higgo (Rsa) 68 66, Matthias Schwab (Aut) 67 67

135 Julian Suri (USA) 70 65, Robert Macintyre 68 67, David Horsey 66 69, Aaron Cockerill (Can) 69 66, Wilco Nienaber (Rsa) 68 67, Lorenzo Gagli (Ita) 66 69

136 Maximilian Kieffer (Ger) 69 67, Matthew Jordan 69 67, Sebastian Heisele (Ger) 68 68, Adrien Saddier (Fra) 67 69, Jason Scrivener (Aus) 70 66, Jeff Winther (Den) 68 68, Dale Whitnell 68 68, Alejandro Canizares (Spa) 70 66, Masahiro Kawamura (Jpn) 69 67, Louis De Jager (Rsa) 68 68, Cormac Sharvin (Irl) 69 67, Joel Stalter (Fra) 65 71, Kalle Samooja (Fin) 70 66, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spa) 66 70, Robin Sciot-Siegrist (Fra) 69 67, Scott Vincent (Zim) 68 68

137 Paul Waring 68 69, Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez (Spa) 69 68, Haydn Porteous (Rsa) 69 68, Jorge Campillo (Spa) 69 68, Matthew Southgate 68 69, James Morrison 68 69, Antoine Rozner (Fra) 71 66, Dave Coupland 69 68

138 Joost Luiten (Ned) 70 68, Alexander Bjork (Swe) 69 69, Mikko Korhonen (Fin) 68 70, Grant Forrest 69 69, Alvaro Quiros (Spa) 68 70, Joel Sjoholm (Swe) 69 69, Sebastian Soderberg (Swe) 69 69, Thorbjorn Olesen (Den) 69 69, Yi-Keun Chang (Kor) 73 65, Pedro Figueiredo (Por) 66 72, Calum Hill 69 69, Ricardo Santos (Por) 69 69, Gregory Havret (Fra) 69 69

139 Laurie Canter 67 72, Matthieu Pavon (Fra) 71 68, Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel) 69 70, Ashun Wu (Chn) 68 71, Joakim Lagergren (Swe) 72 67, Carlos Pigem (Spa) 69 70, Romain Langasque (Fra) 70 69

140 Steven Brown 69 71, Richard Bland 70 70, Will Enefer 66 74, Niklas Lemke (Swe) 73 67, Oliver Wilson 67 73, Damien Perrier (Fra) 68 72, Adrian Meronk (Pol) 75 65, Jack Harrison 68 72, Ben Stow 70 70, Sam Horsfield 72 68, Bryce Easton (Rsa) 71 69, Alexander Levy (Fra) 68 72, Oliver Farr 66 74

141 SSP Chawrasia (Ind) 71 70, Toby Tree 72 69, Jonathan Caldwell (Irl)69 72, Pablo Larrazabal (Spa) 71 70

142 Robin Roussel (Fra) 69 73, Richie Ramsay 73 69, Kristoffer Reitan (Nor) 72 70, Garrick Porteous 70 72, Ewan Ferguson 70 72

143 Michael Campbell (Nzl) 70 73, David Howell 71 72, Sean Crocker (USA) 75 68, Bernd Ritthammer (Ger) 70 73, Gavin Green (Mal) 75 68, Nacho Elvira (Spa) 69 74

144 Ross Fisher 74 70, Jack Senior 67 77

145 Connor Syme 73 72, Rikard Karlberg (Swe) 78 67, Lars Van Meijel (Ned) 76 69

146 Marcus Kinhult (Swe) 73 73

148 Haotong Li (Chn) 75 73, Chris Paisley 71 77

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