At the ALLIANZ Open Côtes d’Armor Bretagne, Raymond Russell of Scotland, took the lead after a round of 65 on day two in Brittany at the European Challenge Tour event one shot ahead of a chasing group of four players. Only one member of Team Ireland was forecast to make the cut in France.
The overnight leader, Manuel Quiros of Spain, finished day two with a 6 over par round to drop down to 1 under.
Jonathan Caldwell finished with a 2 over par round after a double bogey on the 6th hole. A level par back nine left him unable to improve his overall score of 1 under which was just on the revised cut.
Colm Moriarty carded a triple bogey on his second hole and then birdied the third to repair some of the damage. He then dropped two more shots by the turn to remain in trouble on 4 under. A double bogey on the 16th and a bogey on the 18th ended his effort to make the cut and he signed for a 77 and 6 over par total.
Gareth Shaw started the day on 4 over from the first tee carded a bogey to go five over par. However a birdie on the fifth and a level par back nine kept him at four over and well outside the projected cut.
Frenchman Olivier David provided the highlight of the day with an albatross at the par five 11th, hitting a four iron from 182 metres which landed at the front of the green and rolled in.
Defending champion Lee James did not make the cut after shooting rounds of 79 and 71 to be ten over.