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Thursday 20 June 2019

Dunne sees 'good signs' to remain in contention in Denmark

Paul Dunne lines up a putt on the 15th green. Photo: Getty
Paul Dunne lines up a putt on the 15th green. Photo: Getty

Brian Keogh

Paul Dunne knows his short game will be key as he fights to end a 20-month win drought and reel in Austria's Matthias Schwab in the Made in Denmark at windy Himmerland.

The Greystones star chiselled out a one-under 70 in testing conditions to share seventh place on four-under as Schwab shot 66 to lead by a stroke from Spain's Alejandro Cañizares and France's Romain Langasque on eight-under par at halfway.

When asked if his game was trending towards a second tour win, the 2017 British Masters champion admitted he was playing poorly but still hopeful he could trouble the leaders.

"I haven't been playing very well," admitted Dunne, who reached a career-high of 65th in the world just 12 months ago but is now 159th and a lowly 101st in the Race to Dubai.

"But this is a course I feel I can manage my way around quite well.

"My last few months haven't been very good. But I am definitely seeing some good signs and sharpness around the greens.

"That's the key around here when it gets windy - keeping the ball in play and taking advantage of your chances. It's a course I feel I have a chance on. But the game needs a bit of work."

Michael Hoey was thrilled to birdie three of his last five holes for a two-over 73 and share 30th on one-under, one stroke ahead of Gavin Moynihan, who followed a 74 with a brilliant, three-under 68 in the afternoon to make the cut with a shot to spare.

On the PGA Tour, Graeme McDowell made a 25-footer for birdie on his final hole for the second day running in the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club.

The Portrush man (39) shot a second successive 71 that left him sitting on the projected two-over cut mark.

But he was 11 shots behind Swede Jonas Blixt, who shot a six-under 64 to lead by a shot on nine-under from Kevin Na, who compiled a bogey-free 62.

Seamus Power, on the other hand, was certain to miss the cut as he hit just nine greens in regulation and shot a 74 to finish on five-over.

There was better news for the Irish on the Challenge Tour where Ardglass' Cormac Sharvin made six birdies in a joint best of the day, six-under 65 to soar to tied 11th in the D+D REAL Czech Challenge.

As Robin Dawson fired a one-under 70 to make the cut on the level-par mark, Sharvin was five shots behind leader Ross McGowan, who shot his second 66 on the spin to lead by two shots from France's Robin Roussel on 10-under.

At the KitchenAid PGA Seniors Championship at Oak Hill, Paul McGinley looked set to make the cut on five-over after a two-over 72. Darren Clarke, who was tied fifth and just two behind Steve Parel overnight after an opening 68, was among the later starters.

On the LPGA Tour, Stephanie Meadow was a shot outside the projected cut on level-par despite carding a second round 69 in the Pure Silk Championship in Virginia.

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