There will be no Irish interest at the Magical Kenya Open at the weekend, where Australian veteran Scott Hend has returned to form to claim a share of the halfway lead. 

Cormac Sharvin was the closest to making the cut line of two-under par. His second round 72 left him on level par, with three bogeys on the back nine proving costly. 

Jonathan Caldwell was a further two shots back after successive rounds of 72, while Gavin Moynihan's 75 saw the Dubliner finish on 10-over par. 


At the top of the leaderboard, the 47-year-old Hend shot a joint best-of-the-week 64 to join Finland's Kalle Samooja on 11-under at Karen Country Club in Nairobi. 

A three-time European Tour winner, Hend came into the week having missed seven cuts in his last eight events but looked like snatching the outright lead when he made his eighth birdie of the day on the 17th, only to then bogey the last. 

In contrast Samooja has had three top-10 finishes in his last 10 European Tour starts and fired a five-under 66, which included an eagle at the drivable par-four seventh. 

"I got off to a flying start, opening with three birdies, and then I was struggling a little bit to get quality shots," said Samooja. 

"Then a huge bonus at seven from the front of the green, I don't know how long it was - 50 metres, maybe more - for an eagle and then a good birdie at the last so I'm really happy with how I finished the round today."