O’Rourke with all to play for heading to final round in Thailand

Adam McKendry

Conor O'Rourke (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Conor O’Rourke will head into the final round of the Blue Canyon Classic on the MENA Tour just three shots off the lead after a sparkling couple of days in Phuket, Thailand.

The Naas man backed up a four-under 67 in his first round with a three-under 68 on day two that consisted of an eagle, five birdies and four bogeys as he moved into a share of 10th going into the final round.

Just three shots behind leader Denwit Boriboonsub of Thailand, who carded a 66 to reach 10-under-par, a big round on Sunday could see him in the winner’s circle at Blue Canyon Country Club.


His scoring is not the issue, as his eagle and five birdies attest to, but he will need to keep the mistakes off the card to pull himself up the leaderboard in round three, especially the frustration of bogeying his final hole to drop down a shot.

Boriboonsub is the man they’re all chasing as the Thai pulled one shot clear with six birdies in a five-under-par round, although a bogey at his final hole means his advantage is just a single shot rather than two.

Malaysia’s Shahriffuddin Ariffin signed for the best round of the day, a seven-under 64, to claim a share of second place going into the last day at nine-under-par, where he is joined by Thailand’s Witchayapat Sinsrang, Sweden’s Filip Lundell and India’s Kartik Sharma.

Meanwhile, it wasn’t to be for Robin Dawson or Kevin Phelan, who both missed the 36-hole cut after disappointing performances in Thailand.

Dawson came closer to finishing above the three-under cut line, a one-under 70 in his second round taking him back to two-over after opening with a 74, however that was still five shots adrift.

It was always going to be an uphill struggle for Phelan, though, after his first round 72 and he slumped to a seven-over 78 in his second round to miss out by 11 shots at eight-over.

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