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Paul Dunne moves up the leaderboard in Hong Kong after encouraging third round

Dunne carded a 66 on the second last day of the tournament.

Paul Dunne (file pic)
Paul Dunne (file pic)
Image: Presseye/Matt Mackey/INPHO

IRELAND’S PAUL DUNNE has climbed up the leaderboard at the Hong Kong Open, after carding a four-under 66 in the third round to bring him up to a tie for 31st place.

The Greystones man hit six birdies in all throughout the round, along with just two bogeys on the sixth and 18th hole.

SSP Chawrasia holds a one-shot lead on Australia’s Wade Ormsby and Rafael Cabrera-Bello heading into the final day of the tournament.

The Indian’s third round of 69 included two birdies and one bogey which leaves him on 10-under overall.

But with just a slender lead at this point of the tournament, the 39-year-old — whose only top-10 finish in 2017 came with a victory at the Hero Indian Open in March — admits the pressure is mounting.

“I’m missing a couple of putts but still one under, I’m happy,” said Chawrasia. “Still one more round so I’m looking forward to tomorrow.

“It’s a little bit of added pressure but I can manage that a little bit. That’s why sometimes I think I’m missing a couple of putts but I will think tomorrow, ‘I can do something’.

“If I feel nervous the other players also will be nervous but I’m okay. I’m playing many times in the same conditions so I’m all right.”

With additional reporting by Omni

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