McBride six back as McNamara & O’Rourke improve in Oman

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The Island’s Paul McBride was unable to recreate his magic of the opening day and now trails by six ahead of the final round of the MENA Tour’s Ghala Open in Oman.

The Dubliner was in sensational form in Muscat in round one where he fired eight birdies to move to within one of the lead.

However day two was a different story as the birdies dried up for the former Dublin minor hurler who managed just one gain at the par-5 13th around two bogeys and 15 pars in a one-over 73.

All-told, that sees McBride fall back to a share of 18th at four-under par, six shots behind England’s David Langley after his superb 65.

It was a much-improved day two for Rory McNamara who transformed his fortunes with a five-under par round of 67 on Tuesday.

He fired six birdies in all to go nine shots better than his opening day effort to move to one-under par, tied alongside compatriots Conor Purcell and Conor O’Rourke in 35th with a round to go.

Purcell could only manage an even par score of 72 on Tuesday as he looks to continue the good form that saw him bank a podium finish last week in Cairo.

Naas pro O’Rourke went a shot better, matching Purcell’s haul of five birdies but limiting the bogeys to four in a minus-one round of 71.

Amateur Dan Byrne went 77/83 to miss the 36-hole cut which fell at two-over par.

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