Scotland’s Andrew McArthur played through the pain barrier to take the clubhouse lead at the Challenge of Ireland presented by Glasson.
Despite a bout of suspected tendonitis in his left elbow, McArthur played superbly at the Glasson Golf Hotel and Country Club, firing an eight under par 64 to move onto the lead.
Starting on the tenth tee, the 28 year old got off to a great start with a birdie four and soon followed that up with two superb iron shots – a four iron to 25 feet on the par five 14th that he holed for eagle and then a beautiful five iron to two feet on the stunning par three 15th that he duly rolled home for birdie.
After two great up and downs to save par on the 16th and 17th, McArthur got back on the birdie trail as he hit the front nine, picking up shots on the fourth, sixth and eighth holes to post the best score of the day.
“I was going to pull out of the tournament yesterday because of the injury,” said McArthur.
“I think I might have a little bit of tendonitis in my left elbow but then I just thought it might be worth playing as the pain isn’t intense, it’s just a constant ache more than anything.
“I wasn’t very clever at all yesterday. I have been playing well for a while but I haven’t been hitting balls over the last few days because of the elbow. I noticed it on Saturday and the best way to get rid of these things is usually to rest.
“This is one of the best rounds of the year – I shot nine under in Switzerland where I went out in 28, but it was good today as well.”