Gary Hurley puts himself in Alps Tour mix heading into final round in Andorra

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Gary Hurley (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Gary Hurley will head into the final round of the Aravell Open on the Alps Tour in fourth place and three shots off the lead after another strong day’s work in Andorra.

The Irishman recorded eight birdies in his second round, five of which came in his last six holes, along with two bogeys in a six-under 65 at Aravell Golf & Country Club to reach 11-under-par, three back of leaders Daniel Berna Manzanares and French amateur Tom Vaillant.

The pair were both bogey-free on day two, with Vaillant, who is looking to secure back-to-back wins on the Alps Tour, posting four birdies and an eagle in a 65, while Manzanares had just four birdies in a 67 which has them both on 14-under.


Finland’s Eemil Alajarvi, who held a share of the overnight lead, is one shot back at 13-under after a 67 of his own, with Hurley holding solo fourth and still in touch heading into day three.

Despite a tough second round, which saw him card four birdies but also two double-bogeys and a bogey, Jonathan Yates is in for the final round after a one-over 72 that dropped him down to four-under for the tournament and into a share of 26th.

Remarkably, despite posting a quadruple-bogey eight on the par-four third, David Carey also made the cut as he went on a birdie blitz, carding eight of them along with another bogey in a three-under 68 to sneak inside the line at one-under.

It was nearly a full house of Irishmen making the cut in Aravell, however a rough back nine that included five bogeys led to Simon Bryan missing the cut by three shots at two-over-par after a second round 73.


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