Paul McBride will take a two shot lead into the final round of the Aravell Golf Open by Creand in Spain after a blistering eight-under 63.
McBride leads on twelve-under-par with Italian Manfredi Manica his nearest challenger on ten-under.
2019 Amateur champion James Sugrue is eight back after a level-par 71 and he shares eleventh place while Ronan Mullarney made the cut on level-par after a second round 70.
The back nine has been key for McBride this week who has played it in eleven-under-par through two rounds.
Having played his last five holes in four under in round one, the former Walker Cup player birdied six of his last seven holes on Friday to hit the front.
“I played well on the front nine but made two bad mistakes which caused me the two bogeys I made,” explained the Island professional.
“On the back nine, I got it going making 6 birdies in my last 7 holes, it hit it close quite a lot and my putting was very good. One of the shots I hit was to about 30 ft and I made the putt which was on the 15th hole which I would consider a bonus because the other were pretty close to the pins. Overall it was a good round and I’m definitely satisfied.”
When asked about the final round tomorrow, McBride said nothing will change in his approach.
“I want to approach the final round the same way I approached my round today, I just want to keep playing my game and see what that leads me to at the end of the third round.”