Castleknock’s David Carey finds himself just two shots off the lead heading into the final day of the Alps Tour’s Memorial G. Bordoni in Como.
The colourful, big-hitting Dubliner posted five birdies in a three-under 68 to add to his opening 65 to move into a share of third on eight-over par as he goes in search of a maiden professional win.
With the 36-hole cut falling at one-over par ahead of the final round, Carey proved the only Irish player to advance as Naas professional, Jonathan Yates fell two shots shy of the mark after returning rounds of 75/68 for a three-over total.
Stephen Grant (+7) and Simon Bryan (+15) also bowed out ahead of Friday’s finale.
At the top, a second round in 68 (-2) was enough to maintain Edoardo Lipparelli’s lead even though his nearest contender has narrowed the gap to just one stroke. In fact, thanks to a solid 66, Dutch Lars Van Meijel has climbed two positions from 4th to 2nd place and will be breathing down Lipparelli’s neck during tomorrow’s final round.
“Today my long game was as good as yesterday,” said Lipparelli, 22, who marked three bogeys and five birdies, “but the putting didn’t assist me as much. I’m very satisfied anyway, the pins were harder today, so I’m happy I came back with a minus 2 which keeps me on top of the leaderboard.
“Yesterday night’s thunderstorm lowered a bit the temperatures and left the course pretty wet and heavy early in the morning, and even though during the day it dried up, the greens were softer and the ball was flying less with more spin, so all this has had an influence over general scoring.
“Tomorrow’s strategy? Just play shot by shot, without thinking too much about the score or about what the others are doing, of course I cannot control their game, so… anything can happen on the last round, we’ll see.”
45 professionals and 9 amateurs made the cut on 141 (+1) after 36 holes. Tomorrow the tee times will be in a U-draw format, starting at 8:00 from tee 1 and 10. The prize money is 40,000 Euro, and the cheque for the winner will be 5,800 Euros.
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