The early beginnings of the 2019 European Tour season have presented a series of challengers a chance at glory.
Just weeks after the Race to Dubai final, events such as this week’s Afrasia Bank Mauritius Open offer an opportunity to get a player’s foot on the winning ladder with some of the Tour’s biggest names not in attendance.
One of those in contention is Ireland’s Gavin Moynihan.
While a winner of the GolfSixes event earlier this year alongside Paul Dunne, Moynihan has yet to replicate that promise on the main Tour, until recently.
An 8th place finish at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters was followed by a successful showing at the recent Q School, wherein the Dubliner claimed his 2019 Tour card.
Now at this event tri-sanctioned by the European Tour, Asian Tour, and the South African ‘Sunshine’ Tour, Moynihan is in 7th and just five shots off the lead with a round remaining.
After a solid -3 opening round of 69, Moynihan shot the joint-lowest round on Friday with an excellent 65.
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Today was altogether quieter, with a one-under 71 yielding just two birdies and one dropped shot.
Leading on -16 are Kurt Kitayama and Justin Harding. Kitayama led overnight, and added a 70 to his two 65s to maintain the lead. But he has been joined by South African Harding after he managed a Saturday 64 – the lowest round of the week thus far.
That low scoring will give the likes of Moynihan hope that the deficit to the leaders can be cut on what’s sure to be a fiercely competitive Sunday.