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Irish challengers six adrift at European Amateur

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Portmarnock’s Conor Purcell, Tramore’s Robin Dawson and Hermitage’s Rowan Lester find themselves six shots behind the Swiss who added a 68 to his opening rounds of 71/69 to lead at eight under.

All three remaining Irish invaders returned one-under-par 71s on moving day to share in a big tie for 15th at two-under-par with a round to go in Holland.

The 54-hole cut fell at plus three which was one shot too many for Kilkenny’s Mark Power. The teenager carded a 71 of his own in round three but the damage of his 79 in round one proved too much to overcome.

Castle’s Alex Gleeson (+6), Naas’ Jonathan Yates (+7) and Massereene’s Tiarnan McLarnon (+8) also failed to make the final round after tough weeks abroad.

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