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James Sugrue best of home challenge heading into final round of Irish Open

Cork's James Sugrue is best of the Irish with just one round left to play of the Dubai Duty Free ...



James Sugrue best of home chal...
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James Sugrue best of home challenge heading into final round of Irish Open

Cork's James Sugrue is best of the Irish with just one round left to play of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Galgorm Castle.

Due to Covid-19 travel restrictions and a reduced prize pot 2020's edition of the event is a far cry from previous years.

A number of household names are not in the field this year including Rory McIlroy and 2019 Champion Spaniard Jon Rahm.

Ireland's best-known golfers Shane Lowry and Pádraig Harrington then failed to make the cut following tough opening days for both of them.

The possibility of an Irish winner meanwhile is now gone with Mallow native Sugrue leading the Irish contingent on two-over-par following a three-over-par third round of 73 on Saturday.

The 24-year-old amateur will tee off for his final round on Sunday 10 shots off the lead that's held by England's Aaron Rai.

He's just one shot clear of the chasing pack with Australian Maverick Antcliff breathing down his neck for what should be an entertaining final round.

Of the other Irish players in the field then Jonathan Caldwell will get his final round underway on Sunday from 4-over-par while Colm Moriarty will take to the course three shots back on 7-over-par.

Mark Power is set to resume from 8-over-par and Damien McGrane from 9-over-par.

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