Scottish Open: Matt Fitzpatrick fails to make cut at Castle Stuart

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Two birdies in his last three holes were not enough as Matt Fiztpatrick missed the cut at the Scottish Open.

The Sheffield golfer carded a two over par round of 74 at Castle Stuart to finish on +3 after the second day, with the cut set at +2.

The timing was hardly ideal for the 21-year-old, who is back in links golf next week for The Open at Royal Troon.

He birdied the first in Inverness but failed to make any further progress on the early holes.

Five bogeys followed before his late rally, which was not enough to secure a place in the third round.

Fitzpatrick had led the tournament at one stage on the first day, only for a poor back nine to see him tumble down the leaderboard.

The lead now belongs to Swede Alex Noran who sits on eight under par, one shot ahead of Danny Lee and Eddie Pepperell.

Noren came home in just 31 shots to snatch the halfway lead. The four-time European Tour winner was four shots adrift of clubhouse leader Lee when he carded a solitary a birdie at the 12th.

But gains at the second, third, sixth, seventh and eighth gave Noren a joint-best of the day 66 and eight under par total in Inverness.

New Zealander Lee also carded a flawless second round of 66 to share second place with England’s Pepperell – who eagled the 12th en route to a 67 – on seven under.

Matteo Manassero, Branden Grace, Richard Bland and Jorge Campillo share fourth.