Gary Hurley
Second-placed Gary Hurley of Ireland, a Saadiyat Beach Golf Club Ambassador, in action. Image Credit: Supplied

Todd Clements continues to dominate the field with a third round two under par 70 in the Irish Challenge to stand at 15 under-par and will take a five-stroke advantage into the final round at The K Club on the Challenge Tour.

The Englishman had three birdies and a bogey to consolidate his position. He has had only four bogeys in his 54 holes to date.

Saadiyat Beach Golf Club Ambassador, Gary Hurley of Ireland, lies in second place after the 29-year-old continued his strong form.

Colourful scorecard

A colourful scorecard saw Hurley have five birdies, four bogeys and a special eagle on hole 7 in his round of 70.

Hurley will have his eyes on the Christy O’Connor Jnr Memorial Trophy, named after the former Ryder Cup player. It will be presented to the leading home-grown player in this week’s Irish Challenge. The winner after tomorrow’s final round, will also receive an invite to the 2023 Horizon Irish Open. Hurley is currently the leader in this division.

Disappointing finish

Abu Dhabi Golf Club Honorary Member Gary Stal had a front nine of 35 and then made another birdie on hole 10. A disappointing last eight holes with bogeys on holes 11, 14 and 15 with no further birdies saw the Frenchman sign for a one over par 73 and a 54-hole score of eight under par 208 to be in tied fourth, seven shots behind the leader.

The final round on Sunday will see Clements joined in a threeball by Hurley and Ireland’s John Murphy in the final tee time at 11.30am.