Paul McGinley took advantage of moving day the JCB Championship on the Legends Tour as he moved three shots off the lead after a fine second round at JCB Golf & Country Club.
The former European Ryder Cup captain recorded seven birdies and three bogeys in a four-under 68 in Uttoxeter to move into a share of fourth on the leaderboard at seven-under-par for the tournament.
That has McGinley alongside South Africa’s Retief Goosen, with the pair three shots behind Germany’s Alex Cejka, who was outstanding on day two as he fired an eagle and four birdies in a bogey-free six-under 66 to move top of the leaderboard at nine-under-par.
The two-time senior Major winner holds a one-shot lead over overnight leader James Kingston, the South African backing up his course record 62 on Friday with three bogeys in his last four holes on his way to a two-over 74 to sit eight-under, with India’s Jeev Milka Singh a shot further back at seven-under after a 73.
Senior Open champion Darren Clarke will hope for a turnaround in fortunes in the final round as well as he closed the gap to the top from five shots to four despite struggling to an eagle, a birdie and three bogeys in a level-par 72.
That leaves the Dungannon man a shot behind McGinley at five-under-par for the tournament and in a share of sixth place as he continues the strong form he showed in Gleneagles a week ago.
Meanwhile, Mark McNulty improved from the first to second rounds as he followed his opening 78 with a two-over 74 consisting of an eagle and four bogeys, but he is still tied for 64th at eight-over-par heading into the final round.