Yates in the hunt for maiden title at Little Venice Open

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Jonathan Yates is just four shots back as he goes in search of a maiden professional title ahead of the final round of the Alps Tour’s Red Sea Little Venice Open.

The Naas professional, who carded a scintillating bogey-free 66 in round one, almost repeated the feat but for a double-bogey at the par-4 15th spoiling an otherwise pristine scorecard.

In the end, Yates returned a four-under par 68 which sees him jump to double-digits, 10-under par, through 36-holes as he looks to chase down Sam Robinson atop the board.

The Englishman has looked ominous in his scoring, laying down a huge marker to the field with successive 65s to go two clear with a round to play.

Meanwhile West Waterford’s Gary Hurley continued his upward curve after firing six birdies in his five-under par round of 67.

Hurley banked a top-10 finish on his first outing of the year last week and moved to a tie for 17th at eight-under par as he attempts to double down on some fine early season work.

There’s no secret around the standard of golf required to compete across the various satellite tours and this week has proved another example of such scoring after the cut to the final day fell at a sharp four-under par.

That meant Galway’s Ronan Mullarney, Castleknock’s David Carey and Peter Dallat could only lick their wounds after missing out by a single stroke despite putting up decent 36-hole performances.

Michael Dallat returned a much better round, a five-under par 67 to restore some pride after a disappointing 79 around Sokhna Golf Club on the opening day.

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