Blaauw’s gritty 66 sees him make Sweden cut

On a day when the cut fell at five-under-par on Friday at the Challenge Tour’s Range Servant Challenge at Hinton Golf Club in Malmö, Sweden, Jacques Blaauw produced a superb six-under-par 66 to make the cut by one stroke.

After opening with a level-par 72, Blaauw opened with three consecutive birdies after starting his round on the 10th, and then made it four in five holes when he made another on the par-five 14th. He bogeyed the 18th, but he was unrelenting in his search for a low round, and he made three more before dropping another shot on the eighth. He quickly atoned for that with a closing birdie on the ninth.

He trails the leaders Mateusz Gradecki of Poland and Scotland’s Craig Howie by seven shot after that pair each recorded six-under-par 66. They lead Swede Anton Karlsson by one, and there are six players two shots further back on 10-under.

Oliver Bekker added a four-under 68 to his opening 69, moving to seven-under for the tournament and a share of 22nd, six off the lead. Wilco Nienaber, fresh off his Dimension Data Pro-Am win last week, is on six-under with Blaauw after a second-round 68.

Martin Rohwer and Bryce Easton missed the cut after carding one-under and three-over respectively.

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