McGovern closes to within one at Staysure PGA Seniors Championship

Peter Finnan
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Brendan McGovern (Photo: Challenge Tour / Getty Images)

Headfort’s Brendan McGovern is flying high at Formby Golf Club in the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship. McGovern continued his momentum after opening rounds of 73 and 71 as he fired a moving day 69 on Saturday to close to just a shot off the lead in a tie for third heading into today’s final round.

One shot ahead of McGovern is Paul Broadhurst who is tied with countryman Peter Wilson and Austria’s Markus Brier on four under par at the top of the leaderboard, with 1999 Open Champion Paul Lawrie McGovern a shot back on three under par.

Broadhurst, a two-time Senior Major winner, made the most of moving day at Formby by posting a four under par round and it could have been one better if not for finding his first bunker of the day at the final hole which resulted in a dropped shot. Brier posted a level par round of 72 while Wilson could only manage a two over par round of 74, but still retains a share of the lead he held at the beginning of the day.

“Saturday is always moving day and I knew if we were going to have any chance I’d need to put a number on the board today and it’s always a bit easier chasing the leaders than holding a lead. It looks like the leaders have stumbled a bit today and it’s quite bunched now and all to play for tomorrow. Added Broadhurst.

“I haven’t won since 2018 so it’s been quite a while. I’ve had the odd chance to win in the States and not took it. I got beat in a play-off in Phoenix. That’s what we play this game for. We’ve not come here to make the numbers up, we’ve come here to win and that’s what I’ll be trying to do tomorrow.”

An exciting finish is in store at Formby Golf Club, as 12 players sit within four shots of the lead. England’s John Bickerton, Argentina’s Rafael Gomez and Australia’s David McKenzie share sixth place on two under par, with David Morland IV, of Canada, Frenchman Thomas Levet and England’s Philip Golding on one under par in a tie for ninth.

The third round of the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship was played alongside the final round of the Alliance Pro-Am competition, where former Liverpool and England striker Robbie Fowler triumphed with 111 stableford points, six points ahead of Ian Timberlake and Stephen Jarrett on 105 points.

The third round cut fell at 11 over par, with 61 players surviving to compete in the final round. Broadhurst, Brier and Wilson comprise the final group and will get under way at 11:40am with McGovern off at 11:30.

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