Paul Dunne will take a two stroke lead into the final day of the Trophée Hassan II after closing his third round with a long-range birdie putt at the last. The Irishman led by a single shot as he stood at the 18th tee after carding five birdies and a double bogey in his opening 17 holes, but he coolly rolled in from 20 feet to pick up another shot and get to eight under par. Italy’s Renato Paratore was two shots back in second after posting a course-record 66 earlier on Saturday. Englishman Paul Waring, Spain’s Pablo Larrazábal and Dane Lasse Jensen were then in a tie for third on five under.
Dunne started the day two shots behind halfway leader Grégory Havret but he was soon out in front courtesy of birdies at the first, fourth and fifth holes. The 24 year old made another gain at the tenth before rolling in his four foot birdie putt at the 12th to get to nine under. A disappointing double bogey at the next saw Dunne lose the outright lead but he safely parred the next four holes before notching a birdie at the last to sign for a 69.
Early starter Paratore began his third round seven shots off the halfway lead after posting scores of 73 and 74 on Thursday and Friday respectively. He opened with a birdie at the first to get back to level par before making gains at each of the par fives on the front nine - the fifth and the eighth.
The 20 year old then started the back nine with back-to-back birdies to get to four under and sit just two strokes off the lead. After dropping his first shot of the day at the 13th, Paratore bounced back with birdies at the 14th and 15th. And he finished his round with another gain at the par-five last to get to six under.