Castleknock’s David Carey has stormed into contention with a seven-under par second round of 65 at the Alps Tour Grand Final in Italy.
The Dubliner, who won his last event on the circuit in Cervino, displayed his affection for Italy once more in finding seven birdies on a blemish-free card as he moved to a share of fourth spot at six-under par, just one off the lead.
With the top-5 on the Order of Merit table earning a full Challenge Tour category for the 2020 season, Carey, who currently lies in 12th, will likely need a top-3 finish this week to force his way into the reckoning.
Meanwhile Jonathan Yates’ hopes took a hit as the Naas professional returned a disappointing one-over par 73 that saw him slip back to a share of 15th at minus-one.
There was plenty of good stuff in there with four birdies on the round but a double and three bogeys took the gloss off the performance.
There’s a three-way tie at the head of affairs with Spain’s Jordi Del Moral and Angel Portillo alongside round one leader and home favourite, Edoardo Lipparelli at seven-under par.
The tournament now moves from Golf Nazionale with rounds 3 and 4 taking place at the Terre dei Consoli Golf Club.
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