Paul Dunne six off lead heading for Italian Open climax

Lynette Rowe
October 15, 2017

Open de Portugal victor Matt Wallace was also at 13 under following a bogey-free 65.

The Independent reported after his second round how the 125-1 outsider had surprised the odds to lead, but a largely safe round of golf comprising five birdies and one bogey ensured the advantage remains his to lose on Sunday.

A high-profile three-ball saw the top three in the Race to Dubai, Tommy Fleetwood, Garcia and Jon Rahm, teeing off together.

The Englishman came into the day's play as joint-leader with Marcus Fraser, the pair enjoying a two-stroke advantage over the rest of the field.

He holed an eight-foot birdie putt at the ninth, then a huge one at the 13th from about 40 feet before another birdie at the 14th.

George Coetzee and An Byeong-hun lie a shot further back, while Masters champion Sergio Garcia is among eight players tied on five under.

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Francesco Molinari, another of the overnight front-runners, is three off the pace at 10 under after a 68, with Tyrrell Hatton - last week's victor at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship - and Sergio Garcia among those a further shot back.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Jamie Donaldson - who, like Wallace, began the day among six leaders at seven under - each carded 67s to sit two behind Fraser and Wallace.

But he had four birdies in a 67 to reach 17 under, with last week's victor Tyrrell Hatton sharing second.

But Hatton and Molinari are still chasing the impressive Wallace, who co-led overnight and got off to an encouraging start with birdies at the first and fifth before he made only his second bogey of the tournament at the seventh.

Garcia and Rahm were both confident of making inroads into Fleetwood's huge lead of nearly a million points at the top of the Race to Dubai standings, but the Spanish duo both slipped outside the top 20.

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