Paul McGinley will head into the final round of the Irish Legends hosted by his own Foundation just one shot off the lead after a tough day of scoring at Rosapenna.
The former European Ryder Cup captain shot a one-over 72 on the Old Tom Morris Links in his second round to drop back to one-under-par for the tournament, which keeps him one shot behind Denmark’s Steen Tinning.
The leader also fired a 72 in his second round, three birdies, two bogeys and a double-bogey keeping him a shot ahead of McGinley and Italy’s Emanuele Canonica – who made it a trio of 72s from the top-three on the leaderboard – heading into the final day.
McGinley will be frustrated he is not the leader going into the final day, though, with the home support cheering him on the tournament host picked up three shots in his first seven holes to move ahead of the pack at Rosapenna before a damaging back nine.
“It’s nice to have the support already I hope we can give them something to cheer about tomorrow,” McGinley said. “I didn’t give them a lot on the back nine today I kind of lost a bit of momentum around the turn made some mistakes, it was a really difficult day.”
“We had some squally showers on the front nine, I did well holed some nice putts which we need to do in these conditions kept the ball in front of me, every hole was a cross wind today there wasn’t any that was down wind everything was a massive cross wind, with the wind coming off the west.
“I kept it in front of me and holed some nice putts, on the back nine I didn’t hole any putts at all I missed a couple of short ones and that’s the difference.”
Further down the leaderboard, Brendan McGovern will head into round three in a share of 23rd after posting two birdies, four bogeys and a double-bogey in a second round 75 to drop to five-over for the tournament.
Meanwhile, Philip Walton continued to struggle as he sits bottom of the leaderboard, two birdies, four bogeys, two doubles and a triple leading to an eight-over 79 to drop to 18-over-par.