In brief: Coakley eyes first Euro Tour title
WHISPER it, but the time and place just might be right for Rebecca Coakley to make history in China this weekend.
Coakley (29), from Carlow, certainly set herself up for an exciting final 36 holes at the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open yesterday with a flawless first-round 69, which gave her a share of fourth place on three-under-par, two off the pace set by Australia's Frances Bondad.
As she proved in finishing tied fifth here last year, Coakley is comfortable on the Suzhou Taihu International golf course, and 12 months of hard graft has put her in a better position than ever to become the first Irishwoman to win in the 32-year history of the European Tour.
Martina Gillen (76, T74), Hazel Kavanagh (77, T82) and Tara Delaney (78, T87) have it all to do today to make the top 60 and ties, who go through to the final round.
COLM MORIARTY can book his flight to the final Q-School stage after a poor third round of two-over-par 73 left him six-over, 12 shots behind leader Daniel Gaunt, going into today's final round of the San Domenico Grand Final in Pulia, Italy.
Moriarty needs to win or finish outright second in the Challenge Tour's season-ending showpiece to make the top 20 on the 2010 Order of Merit and secure his card on the main Tour.
MARK MURPHY scampered through to next month's second stage of US PGA Tour Qualifying after a cracking final-round 68 at Lantana Golf Club in Texas lifted him to seven-under for 72 holes and a share of eighth place.
Waterville man Murphy and Ballymena's Chris Devlin, who made it through last week, were the only two Irishmen to advance to the penultimate qualifying series.
A fourth-round 73 left Waterford native Seamus Power on one-over par, a shot beyond the pale.