Ruaidhri McGee top of class at Q-School
Belfast's Ruaidhri McGee returned to the top of the leaderboard on the European Tour qualifying school in Cheshire and looks certain to move into the second stage.
McGee fired a 71 over the Wychwood Park course in Crewe for a 211 54-hole aggregate and is five strokes clear of nearest rival, American Ted Smith.
Dublin's Colm Moriarty slumped to a disappointing 80 for 219, two behind former Amateur Champion Alan Dunbar.
Dermot McElroy, on 220, is still in the hunt, but Paul Cutler is four back and needs a minor miracle to stay in contention.
Meanwhile, Dubliner Niall Kearney took a gigantic stride towards the second stage of qualifying for a European Tour card with an excellent three-under-par 69 at Fleesensee in Germany.
Kearney, who plays out of Royal Dublin and was a key member of the Ireland sides that won back-to-back European Amateur Team titles in 2007 and 2008, fired 69 on Tuesday and 68 the following day.
His 54-hole aggregate of 206 gives him a share of fourth position going into the final day and, barring a catastrophe, he should progress.
Both Cian McNamara and Simon Ward are way down the field in Germany and will miss out. American John Hahn leads on 200.