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Donaldson leads the way


Jamie Donaldson (pictured) leads Anthony Wall by one stroke

Jamie Donaldson (pictured) leads Anthony Wall by one stroke

Jamie Donaldson (pictured) leads Anthony Wall by one stroke

Welshman Jamie Donaldson, winless in 244 European Tour starts, will take a one-stroke lead over England's Anthony Wall, winless in his last 364, into the final round of the Irish Open at Royal Portrush.

The pair have the same aim, but have taken a very different approach to the week.

While Donaldson is staying in a boutique hotel which, according to the local tourist board, is "a unique accommodation experience" that "sets a new standard" for the area, Wall is in a caravan park.

"It's quite a posh caravan - it's got running water, it's got gas," said the 37-year-old Londoner after battling wind and heavy rain for a brilliant 67 he described as "probably the best round I've ever played".

Wall is sharing with fellow player Andrew Marshall and explained: "I didn't want to stay in town because it was going to be quite boisterous.

"I knew we would have a bit of fun and it's been nice to relax. Half the time you seem to be on your own and you're sort of killing time."

With overnight leader Gregory Bourdy crashing to an 80 - it included a triple-bogey eight on the 17th - Donaldson took over at the top with a 69.

Their records, though, still leave three-major winner Padraig Harrington as the title favourite.

The 2007 champion's 72 left him sharing third spot with Englishman Mark Foster, two behind, while Rory McIlroy is six back, Graeme McDowell eight behind and Open champion Darren Clarke nine adrift.