Sugrue and McBride edge into final round on Alps Tour

Ronan MacNamara

James Sugrue (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

James Sugrue and Paul McBride made the cut on the number at the Red Sea Little Venice Open in Egypt as Ronan Mullarney and Paul Murphy bowed out before the final round.

Sugrue and McBride are both on one-under after second rounds of 70 and 71 respectively.

Netherland’s Davey Porsius and Egyptian amateur Issa About Ela – who made two DP World Tour appearances over the winter – share the lead on eleven-under-par.

Porsius shot seven-under 65 that included nine birdies while El Ela was one higher with a 66.

Porsius was pleased with how he finished his round.

“I was -5 through my last 6 holes hitting it really close and making the putts, that will be some good momentum I can bring into the final round tomorrow. Heading into the last round I obviously will do my best to capture a win to start the season strong.

“The greens were way better this morning. Yesterday afternoon I struggled on the greens, the balls were going off line quite easily so became a bit frustrating. This morning the greens were fresher which helped obviously being able to make more putts.”

Iron play proved the key for El Ela who is excited for an opportunity to notch his first win on a Professional tour.

“I kept hitting it very close to give myself a lot of chances today.” In the middle of his round, he had a momentum change with an eagle and 2 birdies, “those 3 holes gave me a lot of confidence heading into the rest of the round.

“Tomorrow I will be more aggressive but I will still try to keep my game plan the same hitting fairways and greens and try to put pressure on everyone that way. Players on this tour are very good so I need to stay focused and do my best. Being in contention here at home is amazing, I have a lot of support. I’m just going to try and do my best”

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