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Monday 18 December 2017

Dunbar gives Ireland hope

Ireland rose four places in the European Nations Championship in Sotogrande in Spain yesterday to give themselves an outside chance of a medal.

The Irishmen started the day in 12th spot and seemingly out of the reckoning, but returned three excellent cards on the third day to sweep into eighth place, some nine strokes outside the medal positions.

After three days, and with three cards counting on each day, the Irish are on the 653 mark.

Rathmore's Alan Dunbar led the revival in stunning style with a near faultless 68, one of the lowest scores of the day.

Portstewart's Paul Cutler also produced some splendid golf to fire a 71, while Limerick's Irish Close champion Pat Murray weighed in with a 72. Dara Lernihan struggled a little and his card of 74 was the non-counter.

Only a series of disasters can prevent England from retaining their title as they go into the final day today 19 strokes clear of nearest rivals Italy who were boosted by a sensational 64 from Nino Bertasio.

Wales still have a chance of a medal as they are in sixth place only three strokes outside the top three, but Scotland are well adrift in 14th spot.

Irish Independent

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