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Sunday 17 December 2017

Phelan near top in Morrocco

Kevin Phelan shot a second consecutive round of 70 to lie just two shots off four co-leaders at the halfway point of the Hassan Trophy in Morocco. The Waterford man's round included six birdies and three bogeys.

Meanwhile, Michael Hoey is on one under after a one-over-par 73, while Damien McGrane, Gareth Maybin and Peter Lawrie missed the cut.

George Coetzee and Tommy Fleetwood remained in contention to secure a place in the Masters as Andy Sullivan, Alexander Levy, Marcel Siem and Ross Fisher all missed out.

Coetzee and Fleetwood need to win at Golf du Palais Royal to book a trip to Augusta in a fortnight's time and reached halfway just one and three shots off the lead respectively.

But the quartet of Sullivan, Levy, Siem and Fisher - who required similar results - all missed the halfway cut in Agadir, with 2013 champion Siem crashing from joint sixth overnight with a second round of 79.

Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Australian Richard Green, Scotland's Richie Ramsay and Wales' Oliver Farr shared the lead on six under par, with Coetzee part of a five-strong group on five under.

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