Richard Kilpatrick is just five shots off the lead heading into the final round of the PGA Playoffs in Aphrodite as Liam Grehan and Tim Rice saw their challenges fade on a day of tough scoring.
Vying for starts on the DP World Tour this year it was perhaps fitting that a former DP World Tour player showed everyone the way. Scotland’s Craig Lee posted the only round under par on Thursday to lead the way by four shots on four-under.
Lee posted his second successive round of 69 while Banbridge’s Kilpatrick shares fifth place on one-over after a 72.
PGA Ireland Order of Merit champion Kilpatrick had another rollercoaster round as he carded four birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey seven on the par-5 10th.
The K Club’s Liam Grehan was only one shot off the pace after the opening day but a chastening back nine of 41 has all but ended his chances of an Irish Open start – unless he earns an invite.
Grehan signed for an eight-over 79 and he lies on five-over.
The 27-year-old carded just three pars on the back nine, chucking in six dropped shots including four in his last five holes.
Tim Rice also shot a 79 and he lies in 19th on eight-over-par.
The winner on Friday will be granted six DP World Tour starts including the Horizon Irish Open at the K Club and the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
Second place will be afforded starts at the British Masters and ISPS HANDA World Invitational while third place will also get a place in the ISPS HANDA World Invitational field.
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