Dunne maintains lead heading into final round in Madrid


Paul Dunne is aiming to become the fifth Irish winner of the Open de Espana

Paul Dunne leads the Open de Espana by a single stroke heading into the final round after carding a four under par 68 on Saturday in Madrid. 

Dunne led the tournament by three strokes at the cut mark after hitting a superb 65 in Friday’s second round.

That lead has been cut to one after an otherwise smooth round was marred by a messy finish. 

Dunne hit four birdies and eight pars in the opening 12 holes but dropped his only stroke of the round on the par-3 17th hole. 

He was inches away from responding with an eagle on the par-5 18th, but his long putt stopped dead agonisingly short of the cup.

He tapped in for a solid round of 68 to leave himself at the head of the field on -17. 

He will tee off in the final pairing with Spaniard Nacho Elvira who carded a 66 to reduce the gap to a single stroke heading into the fourth round. 

Dunne will have to fend off the challenges as a couple of home favourites as local superstar Jon Rahm is currently on -15 and only two shots behind the leader. 

In a congested field at the top of the leaderboard, Swede Henric Sturehed joins Jon Rahm in third spot on -15. 

Aussie Brett Rumford is a shot further back on -14 while England’s Andy Sullivan bounced back from a dismal opening round of 75 to hit rounds of 63 and 65, leaving him four strokes behind Dunne on -13. 


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