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Saturday 29 April 2017

Paul Dunne in with a real chance following brilliant second round in Abu Dhabi

Paul Dunne of Ireland speaks with his caddie on the 8th hole
Paul Dunne of Ireland speaks with his caddie on the 8th hole

Harry Clarke

Ireland's Paul Dunne has given himself a real chance of victory at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship with a brilliant 66 today.

The Wicklow man, who carded a 68 in his opening round yesterday, got off to a flier in today's second round with a birdie on the tenth - his first - and added another birdie on the 15th after three consecutive pars.

Pars followed on 16 and 17 and the Irishman played the three following holes in four-under par with the highlight a brilliant eagle on the 18th before birdies on holes one and two.

Dunne lies in joint third place going into the weekend - two shots behind leader Martin Kaymer and one off Rafael Cabrera who is in second place.

“I gave myself a lot of chances, took a few and missed a few,” Dunne, now tied for third, told Sky Sports.

“My game is in good shape, I hit a lot of good iron shots. I’m happy with the last couple of days. Hopefully I can do the same the next two days.

“Yeah, it would be great [to continue like this].

“It’s nice to be up there again. That’s why we practice and that’s what we prepare for.

“It’s going to be nice to be in one of the later groups tomorrow.

"Hopefully I can play like I did the last couple of days over the weekend and I think I have a good chance.”

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