Monday 20 November 2017

Dunne leads in Morocco

Paul Dunne of Ireland plays a shot during the third round of the Trophee Hassan II at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Morocco. Photo: Getty Images
Paul Dunne of Ireland plays a shot during the third round of the Trophee Hassan II at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Morocco. Photo: Getty Images
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Paul Dunne will take a two-shot lead into today's final round of the Trophee Hassan II in Rabat as he seeks to win a first European Tour title. The Greystones man carded six birdies and a double bogey in a second consecutive 69 to finish eight under par at Royal Dar Es Salam.

Italy's Renato Paratore is Dunne's nearest challenger after the 20-year-old completed a course-record 66.

Dunne, 24, began the day two shots off the lead, but found himself three clear of the chasing pack after five birdies in his first 12 holes.

"I've been playing well recently and haven't played a tournament in four weeks with the break we had, so it felt like it took me a while to get going with my swing," said Dunne. "But today it was a much easier round than the last couple of days. I didn't putt as well as I did yesterday, but I hit the ball a lot better.

"I wasn't expecting to be leading and it was a bit of a bonus. Now if I play well I kind of expect to be up there with a chance, so it's different."

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