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Colin Montgomerie missed yet another cut today as Daniel Vancsik moved into a one-stroke lead at the BMW Italian Open.

Colin Montgomerie missed yet another halfway cut on Friday as Argentina’s Daniel Vancsik moved into a one-stroke lead at the BMW Italian Open in Turin.
Eight-time European number one Montgomerie bogeyed the final two holes to crash out just as he did in the Spanish Open a week ago.
“I should not be missing cuts in these tournaments,” said the Ryder Cup captain, only a month away now from his 46th birthday.
“I came to gain on the Order of Merit and world rankings and I’m losing ground.”
He is currently a lowly 96th on the Race To Dubai money list and down at 171st in the world.
Three birdies in four holes from the 13th looked to have saved Montgomerie, but he failed to get up and down from a bunker at the 17th and on the last missed the green again and left his chip 25 feet short.
That meant a second successive 72 for a two-over-par total and he joined Darren Clarke in making an early exit. Clarke finished down on seven over after rounds of 74 and 75.
Vancsik, on the other hand, added a 65 to his opening 68 for a nine under aggregate.
Northern Ireland’s Gareth Maybin, three clear after his opening course-record 64, slipped to second place with a 70.
Vancsik has not had a top-20 finish on the European Tour for almost a year, but that does not mean he will not win – he went eight months without one before capturing the Madeira Islands Open in 2007.
The 32-year-old is known for his big-hitting, but it was his putter that was his most impressive weapon when he returned to Royal Park four behind Maybin.
In grabbing five birdies in six holes around the turn he holed twice from 20 feet and also converted a 25-foot chance.
“When I feel good about your putting I am more relaxed,” he said. “But you need to play well for four rounds – if it is only for three then it won’t happen.
“I’m working on hitting the driver straighter. Hitting it long is okay, but you need to put it on the fairway.”
While compatriot Angel Cabrera has now won two majors, Vancsik has yet to play in one.
The closest he came was at Walton Heath last June when he lost a play-off for a US Open spot to amateur Gary Wolstenholme.
Maybin said after his two-birdie, one-bogey round: “That was hard work – too hard.
“Tee to green I was not very good, but usually anybody who finishes well is going to have one of those days and hopefully that’s mine out of the way.”
England’s Anthony Wall, Icelander Birgir Hafthorsson and Finn Roope are in joint third place on seven under.
Wall, trying for only his second win in more than 300 Tour events, shot 67, Hafthorsson a 65 and Kakko, who received a late call-up to the event, a 64.
That was a Tour best for the 27-year-old, but will not join Maybin’s opening round as a course record because placing was allowed on the fairways.
That also applies, of course, to South African Andrew McLardy, who improved from three over to four under with the help of a hole-in-one at the 208-yard fourth.
On the same mark is American star John Daly after a second successive 69 – in fact, a third in a row as he finished last week’s Spanish Open with one.
“Yesterday could have been really low and today could have been really high,” said the 43-year-old, on the comeback trail in Europe as his six-month US Tour ban comes to an end.
ALL THE SECOND ROUND SCORES
(Gbr & Irl unless stated, par 71)

133 Daniel Vancsik (Arg) 68 65
134 Gareth Maybin 64 70
135 Anthony Wall 68 67, Roope Kakko (Fin) 71 64, Birgir Hafthorsson (Ice) 70 65
137 Francesco Molinari (Ita) 68 69, Andrew Tampion (Aus) 70 67, Richie Ramsay 67 70, Patrik Sjoland (Swe) 72 65, Ake Nilsson (Rsa) 68 69, Raphael Jacquelin (Fra) 67 70, Brett Rumford (Aus) 68 69, Robert Rock 72 65, Marcus Higley 67 70, Julien Clement (Swi) 70 67
138 Thomas Aiken (Rsa) 68 70, Anders Hansen (Den) 73 65, Andrew McLardy (Rsa) 74 64, Marc Cayeux (Zim) 69 69, John Daly (USA) 69 69, Gary Lockerbie 69 69, Thomas Bjorn (Den) 71 67, Inder Van Weerelt (Ned) 69 69, Fabrizio Zanotti (Par) 68 70
139 Robert Jan Derksen (Ned) 73 66, Jonathan Caldwell 71 68, Christian Cevaer (Fra) 67 72, Michael Mcgeady 71 68, Robert Dinwiddie 72 67, Branden Grace (Rsa) 69 70, David Lynn 71 68, Chinnarat Phadungsil (Tha) 70 69, Alejandro Canizares (Spa) 70 69, Edoardo Molinari (Ita) 70 69, Gregory Havret (Fra) 69 70
140 Gary Orr 72 68, Mikko Ilonen (Fin) 69 71, Alan McLean 71 69, Benn Barham 73 67, Jose Manuel Lara (Spa) 71 69, Alvaro Quiros (Spa) 71 69, Alessandro Tadini (Ita) 72 68, Matteo Delpodio (Ita) 68 72, Marcus Fraser (Aus) 73 67
141 Chris Gane 71 70, Garry Houston 68 73, Marco Soffietti (Ita) 72 69, Shiv Kapur (Ind) 68 73, Soren Hansen (Den) 74 67, Sion Bebb 73 68, Metteo Manassero (Ita) 71 70, Wil Besseling (Ned) 72 69, Lee Slattery 72 69, Marc Warren 74 67, Stephen Dodd 70 71, Phillip Archer 71 70, Alastair Forsyth 73 68, Wade Ormsby (Aus) 70 71, Mark Foster 70 71
142 Ulrich Van Den Berg (Rsa) 68 74, John Mellor 69 73, Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) 70 72, Mathias Gronberg (Swe) 74 68, David Frost (Rsa) 76 66, Gary Clark 72 70, Jose-Filipe Lima (Por) 73 69, Gareth Paddison (Nzl) 70 72, Gary Murphy 70 72, Fredrik Andersson Hed (Swe) 72 70, Peter O’Malley (Aus) 74 68
——————–The following players failed to make the cut——————
143 Richard Bland 72 71, Hennie Otto (Rsa) 71 72, Niccolo Quintarelli (Ita) 72 71, Felipe Aguilar (Chi) 72 71, Scott Barr (Aus) 71 72, Taco Remkes (Ned) 72 71, Paul Lawrie 76 67, Ignacio Garrido (Spa) 72 71, Bradley Dredge 70 73
144 Simon Robinson 72 72, Colin Montgomerie 72 72, Andrew Coltart 75 69, Klas Eriksson (Swe) 73 71, Carlos Rodiles (Spa) 71 73, Peter Hedblom (Swe) 75 69, Alexandre Rocha (Bra) 69 75, Ricardo Gonzalez (Arg) 74 70, Anthony Kang (USA) 73 71, David Drysdale 69 75, Costantino Rocca (Ita) 74 70, Marco Bernardini (Ita) 74 70, Jean-Francois Lucquin (Fra) 74 70, Emanuele Canonica (Ita) 74 70
145 Joakim Haeggman (Swe) 72 73, Stuart Davis 74 71, Peter Whiteford 79 66, Tino Schuster (Ger) 77 68, Rafael Echenique (Arg) 76 69, Kenneth Ferrie 75 70, Steven O’Hara 72 73, Matthew Millar (Aus) 73 72, Michael Curtain (Aus) 70 75, Thomas Levet (Fra) 73 72
146 Jean-Baptiste Gonnet (Fra) 73 73, Christian Nilsson (Swe) 73 73, Jan Are Larsen (Nor) 73 73, Paul Broadhurst 73 73, Gregory Molteni (Ita) 69 77, John E Morgan 72 74, Niclas Fasth (Swe) 75 71, Sam Little 77 69, Barry Lane 72 74
147 Martin Erlandsson (Swe) 74 73, Richard McEvoy 73 74, Stuart Manley 73 74, Simon Khan 70 77, Anthony Snobeck (Fra) 75 72, Iain Pyman 76 71, Sam Walker 73 74, Mark f Haastrup (Den) 72 75, Stephen Gallacher 72 75, Alexander Noren (Swe) 75 72, Antti Ahokas (Fin) 75 72, Michele Reale (Ita) 78 69
148 Alvaro Velasco (Spa) 76 72, Francois Delamontagne (Fra) 76 72, Andrea Zanini (Ita) 75 73, Seve Benson 73 75, Callum Macaulay 76 72, Miles Tunnicliff 72 76, Nino Bertasio (Ita) 76 72, Christopher Doak 76 72
149 Sven Struver (Ger) 76 73, Nunzio Lombardi (Ita) 77 72, Andrea Signor (Ita) 75 74, Bernd Wiesberger (Aut) 73 76, Darren

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