Monday 10 December 2018

Moynihan in hunt for card despite back injury

Moynihan: “I’m very happy considering where I was 48 hours ago.” Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Moynihan: “I’m very happy considering where I was 48 hours ago.” Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Brian Keogh

Mount Juliet's Gavin Moynihan shrugged off a niggling back injury to fire a six-under 66 and move into contention to regain his European Tour card at the Final Stage of the Qualifying School in Spain.

The Dubliner (24) followed his opening 68 on the Lakes Courses at Lumine Golf Club in Tarragona by making eight birdies on the Hills Course to move up to tied 14th on nine-under, one stroke inside the top 25 and ties who will be awarded cards after six rounds.

"I'm very happy considering where I was 48 hours ago," said Moynihan, who has had treatment on and off the course for inflammation around a nerve in his lower back.

Moynihan is seven shots behind Spain's David Borda, who carded a nine-under-par 62 on the Lakes Course to lead by four shots on 16-under.

Tramore's Robin Dawson (22) shot a two-under 70 on the Hills Course and lies four shots outside the top 70 who will make the 72-hole cut on one-under with Ardglass's Cormac Sharvin (26) two shots further back after a one-over 73 yesterday.

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