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Irish rugby star O’Driscoll makes the cut

Brian O’Driscoll was delighted to make the cut for only the second time at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship – particularly as he is firmly in contention this time around. The Irish rugby legend last made the cut in 2014 but was well behind the pack leaders entering the final round. This time, in the company of pro partner Robin Dawson, he is tied second and more hopeful of victory over the Old Course.

“It’s lovely to be able to go out on the Sunday,” said the former Lions captain. “We scraped in in 2014. We were eight or 10 shots behind, but to be only one behind is exciting. It means we can go bold. We’ll go after everything and if we fall off a cliff, so be it. But it could be terrific.

“We dovetailed unbelievably today [at Carnoustie]. We got going early on the second hole where I got a birdie-net eagle and that gave us momentum. We’ve got a day out now.”