Slow progress for Dunne as Harrington falters on moving day

Paul Dunne / Image from Getty Images
Paul Dunne (Photo: Getty Images)

Paul Dunne moved inside the top-40 after breaking 70 for the first time this week at the D+D Czech Masters in Prague.

The Greystones talent moved 12 places up the leaderboard after finding four birdies in a three-under par 69 on moving day.

Now at six-under par for the tournament, Dunne’s a full ten shots back of Belgian, Thomas Pieters lead but will be intent on finishing as high as possible to build momentum towards a busy upcoming period in the European Tour calendar.

As for Ryder Cup Captain Harrington, he posted his second 73 of the week to slip near the foot of the board at minus-two.

The Dubliner found four birdies of his own but outnumber them with five bogeys as he looks to make hay while his own golfing ambitions go undisturbed ahead of Ryder Cup duties taking over next year.

It’s Pieters who’s the man to catch and he will take a one shot lead into the final round after closing his third round with a brilliant birdie.

It was a round of two halves for the Belgian, who did the bulk of his low scoring on the front nine, making an eagle, five birdies – including four in a row from the fourth – and a single bogey to reach the turn in 30.

Pieters found things a bit tougher on the back nine, surrendering a bogey at the tenth after struggling to get out of the thick rough, before making a number of important par saves.

And just as it had looked as though Pieters would head into Sunday’s fourth round in a share of the lead, the 2015 champion confidently knocked in his tricky 12 foot putt at the 18th to move to 16-under par and grab the outright lead.

Spanish rookie Adri Arnaus was alone in second on 15 under after notching seven birdies in a flawless third round 65.

Halfway leader Edoardo Molinari, Hugo Leon, Rikard Karlberg and Robert Karlsson sat another shot back in a tie for third.

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