27 Sep 2020 | Professional golf |

Antcliff chases European win

by Martin Blake

Maverick Antcliff Ireland image
Maverick Antcliff explodes from a bunker on the fifth in Northern Ireland today. Photo: Getty

Australian Maverick Antcliff has a chance to secure his first win on the European Tour tonight.

The 27-year-old Queenslander, who has won three tournaments on the PGA China Tour, set himself up to challenge with a third-round 67 in the Irish Open that left him playing in the final group, just a shot from the lead.

Antcliff, who has the same pedigree as Jason Day (grew up in Beaudesert, schooled at The Hills), will go down the stretch with England’s Aaron Rai tonight. He had the lead to himself on the back nine when he hit a stunning tee shot at the par-three 14th, but a dropped shot on the 15th saw him overtaken.

The Queenslander has been in nice form of late, finishing inside the top 10 at the Portugal Open at his last start. He is at seven-under par after rounds of 70-65-68.

Another Australian, Lucas Herbert, also has a chance on the final day at Galgorm Resort after he rattled around in 67. Herbert, who secured playing rights in Europe by winning in Dubai earlier this year, is just three shots from the lead in sixth place.

Scott Hend is also just outside the top 10 at three-under par.

IN the Dominican Republic, Rhein Gibson in a tie for 14th is the leading Australian at the US PGA Tour’s Corales Championship.

Harrison Endycott fired at third-round 64 to move into a tie for 12th at the Korn Ferry Tour’s Wichita Open.

Irish Open scoring

Corales Championship scoring

Wichita Open leaderboard

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