EDDIE Pepperell's recovery hit the buffers at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

Starting his second round two-over par, the Frilford Heath member appeared to be making up for a disappointing first day when he moved to one-under with seven holes remaining.

But three dropped shots saw Pepperell fall back through the field and he looks set to miss the cut for the second week running.

Although it is early in the day, his halfway score of level-par leaves him three shots off the projected cut.

Beginning his second round from the tenth, Pepperell started as he meant to go on with a birdie.

A run of pars followed, including at the 16th where he shot a double bogey six yesterday.

Pepperell birdied the 17th and picked up another shot at the second to boost his chances of making the weekend.

But the rest of his round was erratic, starting with a costly double bogey five at the third.

Birdies at the next two holes put the 30-year-old back on track, but another dropped shot at the seventh followed.

The World No 241 is set to head north next week, for the abrdn Scottish Open.