Graeme Storm’s great escape mission will resume on Thursday at the Nordea Masters in Sweden.
The Hartlepool golfer’s mini-revival ended at the Irish Open yesterday when he suffered another difficult day at Royal County Down.
Storm shot a five-over-par 77 at the Newcastle links to reach the half-way stage on a 14-over-par figure of 156.
After a first-round 79, the 37-year-old needed a Houdini act to beat the cut.
But hopes of matching his heroics at the BMW PGA Championship seven days earlier – when he shot an eight-under-par 64 – evaporated with a nightmare run before and after the turn.
Storm bogeyed the fifth, sixth and seventh to go out to 11 over.
While he did hit back with a birdie three at the 439-yard eighth, it proved only a temporary respite.
He bogeyed the 10th, 11th and 12th and worse was to follow with a double bogey at the par four 446-yard 13th.
Storm steadied the ship with four straight pars and a little pride was restored with a birdie at the 18th but he still ended the day down in 141st.
World number one Rory McIlroy followed his first round 80 with a level par 71 yesterday but was miles over the cut mark on nine over par.
Scoring, again, was not easy on the testing links and there was a six-way lead at the top on just three under par with ex-world no1 Luke Donald one shot adrift.