Liam Grehan fired a five-under par round of 66 at the Clutch Pro Tour’s The Manor House event at Castle Combe, where he now leads the quartet of Irish who survived the 36-hole cut.
Starting on the back nine, the K Club man carded an eagle-two at the 13th along with birdies 15 and 18 as he’d get to -4 by the turn, and he’d add two more birdies on two and six before signing off with his lone bogey of the day at the last. His 66 would see him rise from outside the cutline to tied for 20th going into Thursday’s final round.
Fellow clubman Conor O’Rourke and Daniel Mulligan are one shot adrift after rounds of 70 and 69 respectively. O’Rourke, who also began on the back nine, would reach halfway at -1 for the day, but three bogeys in succession from one through three had him looking nervously at the cutline. He’d regroup and recover the three strokes with birdies at four six and eight to post -3 where he’d join Mulligan who’d gone out in the early wave.
Five birdies to three bogeys saw Mulligan move up eight spots on the leaderboard to tied 25th, with Rowan Lester three strokes adrift after posting back-to-back rounds of level par which saw him make the cut on the number.
There is a four-way tie at the top, with the English quartet of Jake Burnage, Charlie Thornton, Darren Howie and Tom Plumb all posting -9, with a further three players hot on their heels at -8.