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Short game lifts Thornton

Irishman Simon Thornton put himself into contention at the Saint-Omer Open with a two-under-par 69 in a tricky second round.

The 35-year-old said his score, which leaves him four shots off the lead held by Korean Sihwan Kim, was testament to his touch around the greens. "I'm hitting it pretty poorly but my short game is saving me," he said.

Thornton's compatriot Colm Moriarty impressed in the first round with a three-under-par 68, but found it tougher going in round two and signed for a 77 which leaves him in a tie for 45th place on four-over.

Adrian Morrow remained well in the hunt for the European seniors title in Austria yesterday, lying just one stroke off leader Tomas Persson (Sweden) with 18 holes remaining.

The Irish Seniors champion from Portmarnock posted a two-over-par 73 at Achensee to add to his 70 on Thursday for a 36-hole total of 143.


Garry Jennings and Neil Doherty were the pace-setters on the opening day of the Topaz Donegal International Rally, with their Impreza WRC building up a lead of 16 seconds over the similar car of Daragh O'Riordan and Tony McDaid.

The Fermanagh driver, on his debut in a WRC Subaru, was never headed during the opening day's eight stages, with his Cork rival gradually dropping back.

Irish Independent