Simon Dyson was last night hanging on to his US Open hopes by his fingernails.
The 33-year-old from Malton was out among the morning starters at the Olympic Club and carded a second successive 74.
That left him on eight-over par, playing his first tournament since withdrawing from the Players’ Championship at Sawgrass with a pelvic stress fracture.
Before the majority of the afternoon starters had finished their round in the early hours of this morning, UK time, Dyson was three shots outside the cut mark of plus five.
However, with the course in San Francisco continuing to present players with difficulty, there was still hope that the scores would get higher and that Dyson’s eight-over par mark might prove enough.
Dyson had three birdies on day one but only one yesterday.
Leeds’s Danny Denison is handily placed to mount a challenge for his maiden European Tour title.
The Howley Hall professional shares seventh place after the second round of the Saint-Omer Open in France after adding a 70 to his opening 71.
The 27-year-old sits on one under par, five shots adrift of Sihwan Kim
Joint overnight leader Kim moved clear at the top after a second-round 69 put him a shot clear.
The South Korean had shared top spot with Englishmen Adam Gee and Simon Wakefield after day one but his rivals both carded one-over rounds of 72 to drop into a tie for third.
Harrogate’s John Parry bogeyed the last to post a 73 and miss the cut by a shot.
Yorkshire lost to Roses rivals Lancashire at Ganton yesterday, in the women’s North Region County Match’s decisive game.
Lancashire won 6-3 after crushing Yorkshire in the singles, 5-1. The White Rose had established a 2-1 lead in the morning foursomes.
Lancashire won the tournament by a single point.
The partnerships of Ellie Robinson and Claire Smith, Emma Brown and Rebecca Wood won points for the hosts in the morning.
But Smith was Yorkshire’s solitary winner in the afternoon singles.