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Leona Maguire And John Murphy Fall Down The Leaderboard At Handa Invitational

Leona Maguire And John Murphy Fall Down The Leaderboard At Handa Invitational
By Colman Stanley Updated

Leona Maguire shot down the leaderboard after a poor third round of three over par at the ISPS Handa Invitational.

Maguire went into today's round in a tie for fifth and just three shots off the lead, but now finds herself six shots off the lead and in a tie for 16th.

She began her round superbly, birdieing both the par 5 first and par 5 third. However, her round took a 180 turn as she went four over par in her for her next three holes, while she added another two bogeys and a birdie to her overall score.

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In the men's event, John Murphy suffered a similar fate to Maguire as he shot a round of five over par, leaving himself on one over par overall and in a tie for 40th place.

Murphy's front nine did most of the damage as he went out in six over par, which included two double bogeys in his opening three holes.

Teenager Tom McKibbin is the best of the Irish. The Northern Irishman shot a superb round of four under par, which leaves him three under for the tournament and in a tie for 13th.


David Carey is a shot further back, as he finds himself in a tie for 17th and nine shots off the leader at 11 under par, Ewen Ferguson, after shooting a round of two under.

One of the quirks of the tournament, besides being co-sanctioned by the LPGA and DP World Tour, is that it features two cuts, one after 36 holes and one after 54.

Because of this, John Murphy is set to miss the Sunday round, as are Paul Dunne and Gary Hurley, who find themselves on four over and two over par, respectively.


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