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Sugrue slips back as Rai leads the way at Irish Open

The Cork amateur remains the best of the Irish, but today’s 73 puts him over par.

IN-FORM AMATEUR James Sugrue remains the leading Irish player at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, despite the Corkman slipping back with a third round of 73 to leave him +2 for the weekend.

Sugrue finished his round in steady fashion at Galgorm Golf Resort in Ballymena, but his second-hole birdie was offset by bogeys at the first and third before he picked up two more shots around the turn.

With England’s Aaron Rai holding the lead on -8, the next best of the Irish is Jonathan Caldwell on +4.

james-suggrue-on-the-4th-hole Sugrue drives the fourth. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Colm Moriarty sits +7, amateur Mark Power is one further back approaching the end of his round and Damien McGrane is +9.

Back at the top of the leaderboard, Australia’s Maverick Antcliff sits second, one shot off Rai with a tight chasing pack nipping at their heels including Oscar Lengden, Dean Burmeister, Jazz Janewattananond (-6) and Lucas Herbert (-5).

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