Belt’s time at Wentworth comes to an end

Alex Belt
Alex Belt

Alex Belt missed the cut in the PGA Championships at Wentworth, after carding another 77 in his second round.

That left him on 10-over-par after his 36 holes, nine shots away from qualifying for the weekend.

The former Bridlington Links golfer, who now represents Snainton Golf Centre, needed a big improvement bafter his first roun, a five-over-par 77.

But he got off to the worst possible start with a double bogey six at the first hole.

Another dropped shot followed at the third but the 29-year-old bounced back to birdie the fourth for the second successive day.

On day one, the holes leading up to the turn had been Belt’s downfall but he handled them much better at the second attempt. However, the back nine started poorly, with a run of three bogeys, before a birdie at the 13th lifted his spirits.

By then, Belt knew making the cut for the weekend would be impossible, but he was in good company as world number one Rory McIlroy had slumped to five-over-par after a 78.

Belt’s playing partner Shiv Kapur also saw his involvement in the Championships come to an end, but the third member of their party, Korea’s Byeung Hun An is second after a remarkable round of 64 left him nine-under-par.

Italy’s Francesco Molinari leads the field on 10-under-par.