Fresh from winning the Christy O’Connor Junior Trophy for being the best placed Irish player at the Monaghan Irish Challenge last week, Kildare man, Conor O’Rourke fired a superb four-under-par 68 on moving day to give his Stage One Q-School hopes a boost at Bom Sucesso in Portugal. Conor O’Rourke / Image from Getty Images The Naas professional, harbouring European Tour ambitions, bolted 14 places up the leaderboard into a share of 13th spot on two-under after firing a much needed six birdies on the round. That leads the way from an Irish perspective at the toughest examination in golf, with fellow Naas man and amateur, Jonathan Yates, the next best in Portugal after returning a damaging four-over-par 76 in round three. Not without hope, Yates finds himself in a share of 37th spot on three-over-par but he’ll need to shoot the lights out in the final round to advance to Stage Two. The same goes for Dubliner David Carey who’s two shots further afield despite a one-under-par 71 in round three getting him back to five-over. Carey’s opening round 82 has left him a huge mountain to climb. Spain’s Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez is the runaway leader in Portugal, six shots clear of the field on 13-under-par.
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