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Friday 23 March 2018

McGrane eyes French crown

Bernie McGuire

IRELAND'S Damien McGrane remains hopeful of a second Tour win along with the extra reward of a British Open spot ahead of today's final round of the rain-affected French Open in Versailles.

The third day of the e3m event was delayed by more than four holes with McGrane emerging to card a 67 for a seven-under-par tally on the Le Golf National course.

It left him lying within sight of the leader Spain's Alejandro Canizares who is seeking his second Tour victory plus a tee time at the Home of Golf with the leading player among the top-five finishers, and not already into the British Open, winning through to St Andrews.

"I managed to sneak in a couple of long ones there today but I need to get off to a flying start if I am to have any chance to pushing Alejandro," said McGrane.

"But it's the victory that I am focusing on and I the good thing is that I have played well around here before and if I do get into the British Open then well and good."

World number 10 Rory McIlroy picked up two strokes in a 69 to finish two behind McGrane at five under par.

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