McClean makes move with 66 on hot scoring day in South Africa

Matthew McClean (Ireland) driving at the 13th tee during day one of the 2019 Home International Matches at Lahinch Golf Club today (11/09/2019). Picture by Pat Cashman

Malone’s Matthew McClean took up the mantle as the leading Irish player at the South African Stroke Play Championship after flying up the leaderboard with a moving day 66 at Randpark Golf Club.

The Irish international picked off six birdies in a superb bogey-free effort and sits just outside the top-10 in a share of 11th at eight-under par ahead of the final round.

Remarkably, McClean is a full 16 shots back of the lead after a blistering pace continued to be set by South African Christiaan Mass who’s now gone 64, 65, 63 to take a commanding three shot lead at 24-under par.


Castle’s Robert Moran was next best of the Irish contingent at three-under par after a one-under 71, that included four birdies, left him in a tie for 31st.

Galway’s Liam Nolan enjoyed a good day on the course on Wednesday with five birdies in a two-under par 70 that moved him into the red for the week at one-under.

While Carton House’s Marc Boucher, who had been leading the Irish challenge through two rounds, went into reverse on moving day with a three-over 75 leaving him at even par for the week with one round to go.

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