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Defending Champion Dunne Falls Behind As Pepperell Leads British Masters

A challenging third round saw some players fall out of contention at the British Masters.

At Walton Heath, Eddie Pepperell maintained his three shot lead heading into the final round tomorrow.

The Englishman only shot a one under 71, but it was good enough to hold a healthy advantage over a bunched second place contingent made up of Alexander Bjork, Julian Suri, Jordan Smith, and Julien Guerrier.

All of those players shot under par, while the hotly-fancied three time winner this season, Matt Wallace, disappointed with a +1 73, to fall into a tie for sixth and five shots back of the lead.

The Irishmen in the field were unable to make a charge, with Paul Dunne in particular struggling on Saturday. The 2017 champion did well to go even par on the front nine after a double bogey sandwiched by dropped shots, and he was one under approaching the final six holes.

Three bogeys coming in however resulted in a 74, moving the Wicklow man 18 places down the leaderboard to +1 overall.

One shot behind him in 42nd are Shane Lowry and Padraig Harrington. Lowry rebounded from an opening 75 to sink a hole-in-one yesterday, but today’s level par round was altogether less spectacular; though he did negate a double bogey and four dropped shots with six birdies.

While not in contention, Harrington’s encouraging form continues, posting a 71 today – his first under par round of the week. Five birdies on the back nine stand him in good stead prior to the final round at the Surrey course.

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