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Sunday, 16 September 2012
Gary Boyd   (Getty Images)
Gary Boyd (Getty Images)

An albatross at the par five eighth fired Gary Boyd into contention in the BMW Italian Open presented by CartaSi.

The 25 year old Englishman holed a six iron from 226 yards at the par five and turned in six under par 30 to climb 26 places to a share of third on 15 under.

That was just two adrift of overnight leader Garth Mulroy, who was due to tee off in the last group with Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño, who was one behind.

On another day of low scoring at Royal Park I Roveri, Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey set the clubhouse target with a 65 taking him to 13 under par for the week.

Francesco Molinari matched Hoey’s round for a ten under total to ensure he heads to Medinah in good form for The Ryder Cup, while Europe Captain José María Olazábal was another to sign off with a seven under par round.

Defending champion Robert Rock went two better with a 63 on the day he was given honorary membership of the golf club, and climbed to ten under par as a result.

"It was a great way to finish,” said the Englishman. “I was hoping for that sort of score yesterday to get me back in the tournament, but it's always nice to shoot nine under at any time.

"I should've really birdied the last for ten under - that has a nice ring to it and I don't think I've shot 62 before. But I've made a decent move up the leaderboard and it's turned a poor week into an okay one.

"I played some really good golf today, so I'm very excited about things to come."

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1FDEZ-CASTAÑO, GonzaloESP18-24
2MULROY, GarthRSA18-22
T3BOURDY, GrégoryFRA18-20
T3MANASSERO, MatteoITA18-20
T5BOYD, GaryENG18-18
T5KAYMER, MartinGER18-18
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