Hurley makes most of moving day at Swiss Challenge as Ko maintains lead

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Gary Hurley took moving day the right way at the Swiss Challenge as he climbed the leaderboard on day three at Golf Saint Apollinaire with a fine performance.

The 29-year-old posted six birdies and three bogeys in a three-under 69 in Folgensbourg to move up to three-under-par for the tournament, good for a share of 21st.

It will need him to produce something special in his final round in order to catch leader Jeong weon Ko, however, the Frenchman maintaining his one-shot lead heading into Sunday.

He wasn’t quite as good as previous days, a level-par 72 his worst round of the week thanks to four birdies and four bogeys, but at 10-under-par he is still ahead by a slender margin.

Ko’s nearest challenger remains Denmark’s Martin Simonsen, who was also only able to card a 72 to stay at nine-under-par, as did England’s Ben Stow to hold onto solo third at eight-under-par.

“I’ve got the level to win, and my game is in a good place right now. I’m currently 34th in the Rankings so winning tomorrow will be give me a big chance of securing my DP World Tour card for next year,” smiled Ko.

It wasn’t such a hot day for John Murphy, who birdied his opening hole but struggled from there, a further double-bogey, five bogeys and three bogeys leading to a three-over 75 to drop to two-under-par, good for a share of 26th.


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