Paul Dunne leads by 2 at Trophee Hassan II

The Frenchman was one of four players to go three under on day one of the tournament in Morocco and a repeat dose was enough for Havret to pull a shot clear of Lucas Bjerregaard and Trevor Fisher Jr.

"If I break 70 again I think it's going to be hard for someone to catch me so I'm just going to try and do that". That is exactly what James Heath did during the first round of the Trophee Hassann II event on the European Tour.

But now the 24-year-old feels he is better prepared to lead a tournament on the final day.

"I think now if I play well I kind of expect to be up there with a chance so it's different", he said afterwards.

Dunne then edged back ahead with a run of pars along the closing stretch, before recovering from finding the trees at the par-five 18th to hole a 20-foot birdie and double his advantage. I know more than anybody probably that the road is still long.

"I've been playing well recently and haven't played a tournament in four weeks with the break we had, so it felt like it took me a while to get going with my swing".

Dunne admitted that he has picked up some length off the tee in the a year ago, but that his accuracy has been key in getting to the top of the leaderboard in Morocco.

Meanwhile, Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell both made positive moves in the third round of the RBC Heritage in SC.

Dunne was five under through 12 holes at the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, before a double-bogey six at the 13th briefly halted his momentum.

However, consecutive bogeys at 16 and 17 kept him from joining Havret at the top of the leaderboard. He was one of nine players on 2 under and just a shot behind.

  • Julie Sanders