72 for Moran in Master of Amateurs

Ronan MacNamara
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Robert Moran (Photo by David Cannon/R&A via Getty Images)

Robert Moran trails the lead by seven shots heading into the final round of the Australian Master of the Amateurs after he remained stagnant on moving day with a level-par 72.

The Castle golfer is in a share of twelfth place on four-under-par while England’s John Gough returned to the summit on eleven-under after a fine effort of 67.

For Moran it was a topsy turvy day where four birdies were mixed with four dropped shots.

Two of his bogeys came on par fives, holes which have certainly halted his progress this week. After sixes on the par-5 seventh and eleventh he birdied the fourth and eighth before carding two birdies and as many bogeys in his last four holes to bring an eventful round to an end.

The 23-year-old picked up shots on 15 and 17 but gave them back on 16 and 18.

Englishman Gough whose father hails from Co. Meath, recovered from a second round 74 to return to the top of the leaderboard and he holds a one shot lead over Scotland’s Gregor Tait.

Gough, who made the semi-final of the Amateur Championship last year as well as picking up wins at the Lytham Trophy and Spanish Amateur, dropped just the one shot on the 13th as he carded six birdies.

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