Murphy surges into contention for Q-School Spanish trip
Waterville's Mark Murphy shot a superb three-under-par 69 to propel himself into contention for a place in the second stage of European Tour qualifying at the Roxburghe in Scotland.
The Kerryman shares 14th place with a 54-hole aggregate of 217, one-over-par, and with only the top 17 and ties progressing to the second round in Spain next month, Murphy will need to shoot another solid round today if he is to make the grade.
Murphy's third-round score of 69 was seven strokes better than his opening-day 76, with the 33-year-old bagging four birdies along the way.
The Island's Paul Rawluk is also right in the mix as he too sits tied 14th after a level-par 72.
Rawluk had an eventful round, carding an eagle at the long par-five seventh hole where he knocked in a monster of a putt, as well as two birdies and four bogeys.
Cork's Peter O'Keeffe's chances of progressing were dealt a huge blow after he dropped from eighth to tied 29th after a disastrous 78.
Ballinasloe's Mark Staunton and Killarney's Daniel Sugrue shot rounds of 74 and 71 respectively, and are tied 47th and 51st place.
Sweden's Philip Eriksson and England's Jamie Moul share the lead on seven-under.
Ireland's hopes of a first Ladies Home International title for three years were dashed after an agonising 5-4 defeat by Wales.
Now, instead of battling for the crown, Ireland will today strive to avoid the wooden spoon, needing a result against defending champions England to do so.
England beat Scotland 5-4 yesterday to keep alive their hopes of a third consecutive title.