Dunne in the mix at Qatar Masters

Bernie McGuire
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Dunne in the mix at Qatar Masters

Paul Dunne carded another two under par 70 to remain just inside the top 10 heading into tomorrows final round of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters. 

 

The Gresstones man did card three bogies today but fired in three birdies and a holed second shot for eagle on the Par 4 , 452 yard 5th hole.

Although sitting just inside the top 10 on -9, Dunne is still six shots off the lead held by Jeunghun Wang who separated himself from a crowded leaderboard with a brilliant bogey-free round of 65 to take a three shot advantage into the final on -15.

Wang was crowned the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year in 2016 after claiming back-to-back European Tour wins last spring in Morocco and Mauritius and finishing runner up in the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player in November.  He has hit the ground running in 2017, finishing 11th in last week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and the windy conditions in Doha have proved to his liking, as he produced a faultless display of shot-making to spread the field. 

“I don’t want to think about the win. I just want to focus on my own game. My irons and putting are really good this week. So I think I have a good chance to win.” Said Wang.

 

“I only missed a few greens today. That’s the key to my seven under. My putting was really good, too. I think everything is good right now. I like this course. I like the wind. I like the green conditions. It’s pretty nice for me.”

 

“I think (finishing second at) Nedbank was bigger than the two wins for me. Nedbank is really big tournament, and there’s a lot of great players. I learned a lot from it.”

“The wind here is similar to Mauritius. But the course design is quite different. I love to play this course. So I’m excited to play it tomorrow.” Added the 21 year old Korean.

South African Jaco Van Zyl and Spaniard Nacho Elvira will lead the pack chasing Wang in the final round after both players signed for rounds of 68. Elvira was threatening to keep pace with Wang until a double bogey six on the 15th hole blotted his scorecard, but the Challenge Tour Graduate of the Year hit back with birdies on the 17th and 18th holes to join Van Zyl on 12 under par.

Van Zyl’s compatriot Thomas Aiken is a further shot back on 11 under par after a round of 69, while Ryder Cup pair Rafa Cabrera Bello (66) and Andy Sullivan (70) are in a group of five players tied for fifth position on ten under par. 

Round Three scores

201 J Wang (Kor) 69 67 65,
204 J Van Zyl (RSA) 67 69 68, N Elvira  (Esp) 67 69 68,
205 T Aiken (RSA) 68 68 69,
206 A Sullivan (Eng) 68 68 70, R Cabrera Bello (Esp) 70 70 66, N Kimsey (Eng) 66 74 66, K Aphibarnrat (Tha) 66 70 70, J Lagergren (Swe) 67 72 67,
207 R Langasque  (Fra) 70 70 67, P Dunne (Irl) 67 70 70, M Lorenzo-Vera  (Fra) 69 69 69,
208 M Korhonen (Fin) 65 71 72, A Wall (Eng) 68 69 71, O Fisher  (Eng) 70 70 68, J Smith (Eng) 71 66 71, N Bertasio (Ita) 71 69 68,
209 C Wood  (Eng) 69 70 70, B Dredge (Wal) 64 72 73, R Fox (Nzl) 72 70 67, E Els (RSA) 68 70 71, A Noren  (Swe) 68 70 71,
210 A Knappe (Ger) 67 72 71, G Storm  (Eng) 68 70 72, M Kaymer (Ger) 70 72 68, D Lingmerth (Swe) 71 69 70, A Karlsson  (Swe) 68 73 69, S Walker (Eng) 68 71 71, C Hanson (Eng) 68 69 73, R Karlsson (Swe) 70 70 70, C Paisley  (Eng) 74 67 69, G Havret  (Fra) 69 71 70, L Bjerregaard  (Den) 69 68 73,
211 R Ramsay  (Sco) 68 74 69, D Im (USA) 68 69 74, T Detry  (Bel) 67 74 70, P Larrazábal (Esp) 69 71 71, G McDowell  (Nir) 66 75 70, R Jacquelin (Fra) 67 71 73, P Edberg (Swe) 70 72 69, N Colsaerts  (Bel) 70 69 72, J Campillo (Esp) 69 67 75,
212 D Burmester (RSA) 70 71 71, D Drysdale (Sco) 71 71 70, J Carlsson (Swe) 71 69 72, J Luiten (Ned) 71 70 71, R Karlberg  (Swe) 69 73 70,
213 J Stalter (Fra) 69 71 73, D Lipsky (USA) 72 66 75, A Björk (Swe) 69 69 75, P Hanson (Swe) 70 70 73, S Dyson  (Eng) 67 70 76, S Gros (Fra) 72 69 72, R Bland (Eng) 70 71 72, S Hend (Aus) 69 72 72, B Wiesberger  (Aut) 70 72 71, A Levy (Fra) 69 69 75, F Aguilar (Chi) 70 68 75,
214 D Perrier (Fra) 72 70 72, D Frittelli (RSA) 71 67 76, D Fichardt (RSA) 72 70 72, S Lee (Kor) 69 73 72,
215 T Bjørn (Den) 68 72 75, M Warren (Sco) 69 73 73, B Hebert  (Fra) 70 72 73,
216 P Peterson (USA) 71 70 75,
217 M Pavon (Fra) 71 70 76, T Olesen (Den) 70 71 76,
220 D Brooks (Eng) 68 74 78,
224 R Gonzalez (Arg) 69 73 82,
143 M Manassero (Ita) 70 73 0, A Otaegui  (Esp) 71 72 0, P Lawrie (Sco) 70 73 0, C Shinkwin (Eng) 68 75 0, P Angles  (Esp) 70 73 0, G Bourdy (Fra) 68 75 0, T Jaidee (Tha) 69 74 0, H Porteous (RSA) 73 70 0, S Brazel (Aus) 74 69 0, J Quesne  (Fra) 71 72 0,
144 E De La Riva  (Esp) 72 72 0, L Haotong (Chn) 69 75 0, M Armitage (Eng) 72 72 0, R Rock (Eng) 72 72 0, J Scrivener (Aus) 72 72 0, L Jensen (Den) 72 72 0, L Slattery (Eng) 73 71 0,
145 J Walters (RSA) 74 71 0, J Fahrbring (Swe) 72 73 0, M Kieffer (Ger) 70 75 0, M Carlsson  (Swe) 73 72 0, G Coetzee (RSA) 74 71 0, D Howell (Eng) 71 74 0, B Ritthammer (Ger) 73 72 0, K Broberg (Swe) 74 71 0, F Zanotti (Par) 73 72 0,
146 M Southgate  (Eng) 74 72 0, G Stal  (Fra) 73 73 0, S Gallacher (Sco) 75 71 0, J Lima  (Por) 75 71 0, R Wattel  (Fra) 71 75 0, S Tiley (Eng) 71 75 0, T Fleetwood  (Eng) 73 73 0, R Paratore (Ita) 71 75 0, T Immelman  (RSA) 71 75 0, D Stewart (Sco) 74 72 0,
147 R Gouveia (Por) 71 76 0, E Molinari  (Ita) 78 69 0, S Jamieson  (Sco) 72 75 0,
148 N Fasth (Swe) 73 75 0, M Ilonen  (Fin) 74 74 0,
149 S Chawrasia (Ind) 70 79 0, P Waring  (Eng) 73 76 0,
150 Y El Hassani (Mar) 71 79 0, P Verlaar Junior (am) (Ned) 77 73 0,
151 W Ormsby (Aus) 76 75 0,
152 J Olazábal (Esp) 75 77 0, A Al Kaabi (am) (Qat) 76 76 0,
154 S Henry  (Sco) 79 75 0, A Quiros  (Esp) 76 78 0,
155 C Lutton (Sco) 74 81 0, N Holman  (Aus) 77 78 0,
158 P Dedek  (Cze) 82 76 0,
170 A Al Shahrani (am) (Qat) 84 86 0,
** A Cañizares  (Esp) 71 WD  0, M Siem  (Ger) 71 DQ  0,

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