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Italy's Renato Paratore

Italy's Renato Paratore

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Italy's Renato Paratore

Italy's Renato Paratore is in position to join one of golf's most exclusive clubs after maintaining his flawless form in the British Masters.

Paratore carded a bogey-free round of 66 at Close House and has not dropped a single shot in the first 54 holes of the European Tour's full return to action for the first time since early March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 23-year-old enjoys a one-shot lead over South Africa's Justin Harding, who also returned a 66 on a day of low scoring, and could become the first player to win a European Tour event without a bogey since Jesper Parnevik in the 1995 Scandinavian Masters.

JT Poston won the Wyndham Championship on the PGA Tour last year without dropping a shot, the first player since Lee Trevino to do so in 1974.

Jonathan Caldwell is the highest-placed Irishman. The Co Down native shot a 69 to finish on six under, five shots adrift of the lead.

Paul Dunne is five behind Caldwell on one under after carding a 70. The Greystones golfer had three birdies, but bogeys on the 11th and 16th.