Higgins facing uphill task after losing ground at Legends Tour Final Qualifying

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David Higgins (Photo by Richard Martin-Roberts/Getty Images for PGA)

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Irish hopes firmly lie on David Higgins’ shoulders at Legends Tour Final Qualifying at Gloria Golf Club in Turkey, but the Waterville man has lots of ground to make up after covering 12 holes in one-over prior to play being suspended for darkness.

Starting the day three shots shy of fifth place, Higgins couldn’t really afford to lose further ground with just five Tour cards up for grabs, and he started in ideal fashion with a birdie at the first, but dropped shots on the par-5 fifth and par-4 eighth holes, dropping him back to level-par for the tournament and that’s where he lay when play was suspended.

It means he’s now seven strokes shy of the three-way tie for third that is the current cut off point for qualification, meaning that it’s a huge task to play his way back into the reckoning, but he’ll know that he has to play aggressively and throw caution to the wind if he’s to take home a share of the spoils.

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Damian Mooney is next-best placed of the four Irish at +4, with Gary Murphy lying five-over and Keith Coveney one further back at +6.

England’s Chris Gane lead after both the first and second rounds, but mid-way through the third he’s been caught by India’s Jyoti Randhawa at -8, with the trio of Simon Griffiths, Lionel Alexandre and Carlos Balmaseda one further adrift at -7 as the action and the race for the all-important top five heats up.

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