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Monday 18 December 2017

Eagles help Dunne soar into contention

 

Paul Dunne
Paul Dunne

Greystones' Paul Dunne kept himself in the mix at the DP World Tour Championship courtesy of two second-round eagles in Dubai.

The British Masters champion finished three shots behind overnight leader Matthew Fitzpatrick, who carded a second consecutive 67.

Dunne signed for a 70 to move to seven under par, with a round which included two eagles, two birdies and four bogeys.

Shane Lowry, meanwhile, kept himself in contention the mix with a two-under-par 70, five shots off the lead and tied for 15th with six others.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia, the only other contender in the Race, is a shot behind Fleetwood and three adrift of Justin Rose after his 69.

Ronnie O'Sullivan lined up a Shanghai Masters final against Judd Trump after seeing off John Higgins in yesterday's semi-final.

Five-time world champion O'Sullivan wrapped up the 6-2 win with a break of 123 - the highest in the match - to clinch victory.

Scotland's Higgins narrowly missed out on the chance to regain a foothold in the contest at 4-2 down when the seventh frame hinged on the final black.

Trump awaits O'Sullivan in the final after he defeated close friend Jack Lisowski 6-3 in the other semi-final.

At 2-2, Bristolian world number three Trump fired off a break of 105 to win the fifth but was again pegged back, before he won three straight frames to book his final place.

"At 3-3 he was looking the better player so I had to dig in," Trump said.

Valentine Holmes scored a record five tries as Australia continued their imperious World Cup title defence with a 46-0 thrashing of Samoa in the quarter-finals in Darwin.

Co-hosts New Zealand, who were stunned by Tonga in their final pool match, face the Fijians in Wellington today. The Tongans take on Lebanon in today's other quarter-final to decide who will play the second semi-final against ­England or Papua New ­Guinea, who meet tomorrow.

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