PGA Championship: Michael Hoey misses his 11th straight cut after Wentworth 78

Michael Hoey has won five European Tour events
Michael Hoey went into this week 228th in the Race to Dubai rankings

Michael Hoey suffered his 11th straight missed cut after a second-round 78 left him three shots outside the mark in the PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Five-time European Tour winner Hoey was in position to survive after an opening 70 but his second round included two double bogeys and four bogeys.

Graeme McDowell is eight shots off the pace after a second-round 73 left him on two under.

Darren Clarke exited on 12 over after a second-round 77.

Hoey's opening two-under-par 70 left him five off the pace but he carded two double bogeys and four other dropped shots in Friday's round.

The Belfast man, 37, is currently a lowly 228th in the Race to Dubai standings.

Hoey's last cheque came when he finished in a share of 66th place at the Abu Dhabi Championship in January and his total earnings for the 2016 season are a paltry 8,125 Euros.

After dropping only one shot in his opening 69, McDowell hit four bogeys on Friday as he finished eight behind leaders Danny Willett, YE Yang and Scott Hend.

Graeme McDowell surveys a shot with caddie Ken Comboy
Graeme McDowell carded four bogeys in his round on Friday

European Ryder Cup skipper Clarke was near the tail of the field after adding a 77 to his opening 79.

Shane Lowry also made an early exit after six dropped shots in four holes on his back nine saw him finishing on three over as he signed for a 78.

The Offaly man remained on his overnight position of three under after 12 holes but a bogey at the next was followed by a triple bogey at the 15th and double bogey on 16.

Paul McGinley was forced to retire during his second round because of a back injury, following his opening 78.

Colm Moriarty misses the cut by one shot despite a battling 70 while David Higgins was alongside Hoey on four over after firing a 73.

Clontarf club professional Eamonn Brady added a 76 to his opening 84 as he was among those to prop up the leaderboard on 16 over.

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