Friday 20 April 2018

McGee's Tour card hopes hanging by thread after triple agony

David Higgins shot a first-round 67
David Higgins shot a first-round 67

Ruaidhri McGee's hopes of obtaining a European Tour card took a blow after his third round of the final qualifying stage in Spain.

After his stunning four-under-par 66 on the Tour Course at the PGA Catalunya Course in Girona on Monday, he slumped out of the top 10 after carding a two-over par 72.

Playing on the Tour Course once again, the Rosapenna star carded a triple-bogey seven at the par-four 12th along with another bogey at the 13th to leave him at two-over-par for the day and four-under-par for the tournament.

He will hope he does not continue to slip down the leaderboard as players outside the top 70 and ties will be cut.

McGee is in a share of 32nd place along with Kevin Phelan after the Waterford's man's impressive round shot him up the leaderboard.

Phelan (23) recovered well from successive bogeys at the fourth and fifth to record an eagle at the par-five 10th and birdies at the 14th and 18th and finish with a two-under-par 68.

David Higgins is just inside the top 70, one of many in a share of 66th. The 40-year-old Kerryman will need a better round than yesterday's two-over-par 72 that left him on level-par overall.

Dermot McElroy's hopes of getting his hands on a card look bleak after a disastrous four-over 76 around the Stadium Course.

The Ballymena amateur is now on four-over-par and in a share of 102nd place and will need a large piece of good fortune if he is to make the cut.

England's James Morrison and Sweden's Jens Dantorp lead the way on 10-under.

After today's fourth round the top 70 will advance to the final 36 holes tomorrow and Friday, after which the top 25 will win a spot on next year's European Tour.

Morrison began the day seven shots off the lead but got to the turn in 31, and further birdies at 10 and 11 had him closing in on the leaders. A bogey at the 12th stalled his progress, but further birdies at 16 and 18 gave him a share of the lead.

Dantorp's round was less spectacular as he fired a second consecutive 68 to maintain his consistent form, with just four shots dropped in his opening three rounds.

Irish Independent

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport