Kearney, McElroy and Caldwell facing nail-biting Europro Tour finale
 Niall Kearney. Picture: Getty Images

Niall Kearney. Picture: Getty Images

Niall Kearney might be tied for second heading into the final round of the Sky Sports Tour Championship but Jonny Caldwell remains the only Irish golfer on course to finish in the top five on the money list and clinch a Challenge Tour card.

Ranked fourth on the money list starting the week, Caldwell is alone in 15th, ten shots behind leader Adam Chapman, and projected to finish fifth in final Race to Amendoeria standings.

Chapman had hole-in-one in a second round 68 to lead on eight-under and take a four-stroke over Kearney (70-70) and Korea's MK Kim (73-670 into the final round of the season at Amendoeria Golf Resort.

Kim is second on the money list and projected to remain there but Chapman could leap from 54th to third if he captures the £22,540 top prize today.

Kearney would pick up £8,450 for a T2 with Kim, but that would move him up just three spots from 10th to seventh, meaning he may now need to finish solo second or win the event, depending on Chapman's final round performance.

Ballymena's Dermot McElroy is tied for sixth, seven strokes behind Chapman after a 72 and could fall to eighth in the rankings unless he can snatch a top-three finish by closing the gap on the leaders.

Brendan McCarroll could make the leap into the top five in the money list with a second place finish, but a 73 left him on three-over, 11 shots off the lead and tied 16th entering the final round.

As for Brian Casey and Tim Rice, they need to win to graduate, and at 38th and 44th respectively, their bid looks over.

As for Chapman, who followed an opening bogey with an ace at the second and three successive birdies, he plans to keep his head down on Thursday.

“I won’t be paying much attention to the leaderboard tomorrow as I’ve got a comfortable cushion over a few of the other guys. It’s only the people I’m playing with that matter tomorrow.”

Sky Sports Tour Championship, Oceanico Faldo Course, Amendoeira Golf Resort (Par 72)

1 Adam Chapman (Eng) 68 68 136

T2 Niall Kearney (The Royal Dublin) 70 70 140
T6 Dermot McElroy (Ballymena) 71 72 143
15 Jonathan Caldwell (Clandeboye) 74 72 146
T16 Brendan McCarroll (Narin & Portnoo) 74 73 147
T38 Brian Casey (None) 78 73 151
T44 Tim Rice (Limerick) 81 71 152 

Projected final standings 2017 Race To Amendoeira

Current standings

Proj rankRankPlayerStartEventProj Mon
11Chris Lloyd The Kendleshire Golf Club£37,695.21037,695.21
22Min Kyu Kim Golfmind Korea£25,880.408,45034,330.40
354Adam Chapman Carus Green Golf Club£4,045.8322,54026,585.83
43Nick Marsh Huddersfield Golf Club£23,330.0468524,015.04
54Jonathan Caldwell Clandeboye Golf Club£21,262.31130022,562.31
65James Adams Druids Heath Golf Club£20,430.0063521,065.00
710Niall Kearney The Royal Dublin Golf Club£12,298.85845020,748.85
87Dermot McElroy Ballymena Golf Club£16,522.50244018,962.5
98Sam Robertshawe Puttenham Constr./Southwood GC£15,136.833,72018,856.83
106Neil Raymond Corhampton Golf Club£17,650.941044.2918,695.23
119Jonathan Thomson Rotherham Golf Club£14,310.00244016,750.00
1211Hugo Dobson Woodbridge Golf Club£12,043.1286012,903.12
1312Sam Connor Alsager Golf & Country Club£11,822.50011,822.50
1413Steve Robins Hull Golf Club£10,760.8386011,620.83
1514Dave Coupland Woodhall Spa Golf Club£10,750.1475511,505.14
1615James Frazer Pennard Golf Club£9,833.281044.2910,877.57
1721Stiggy Hodgson The Wisley Golf Club£8,114.292440105,54.29
1816Nick McCarthy Moortown Golf Club£9,347.145559,902.14
1917Brendan McCarroll Narin & Portnoo Golf Club£8,796.251044.299,840.54
2029Michael Stewart Troon Welbeck Golf Club£7,228.5024409,668.5
2118Guy Woodman ProAgenda.com£8,507.288609,367.28
2235Joe Dean Hillsborough Golf Club£5,630.6237209,350.62
2320James Maw Rockliffe Hall£8,279.297259,004.29
2419James Simpson Close House Golf Club£8,315.625808,895.62
2522Will Enefer Retail Furniture ltd£8,016.456858,701.45
2623Greg Payne Camberley Heath / MindSet4Golf£7,922.855708492.85
2724Jordan Wrisdale Boston£7,889.585558,444.58
2825John Henry Clydebank & District Golf Club£7,831.435958,426.43
2928Jason Timmis Greenway Hall Golf Club£7,275.008608,135.00
3026Brian Casey None£7,438.126858,123.12
3127Jack Colegate Deangate Ridge Golf Club£7,408.346108,018.34
3232Luke Johnson King's Lynn Golf Club£6,504.7615008,004.76
3331Ben Hall Rushcliffe Golf Club£6,850.001044.297,894.29
3430Alasdair Dalgliesh Haywards Heath Golf Club£7,105.005957,700.00
3533Sean Lawrie Paul Lawrie Golf Centre£5,897.508606,757.50
3640David Booth Rotherham Golf Club£4,810.601,8006,610.60
3734Luke Cornford Cooden Beach Golf£5,633.048606,493.04
3857Henry Sheridan-Mills Walsall Golf Club£3,906.6424406,346.64
3936Robert Burlison Enville Golf Club£5,435.246856,120.24
4037Connor Tendall Congressional Country Club£5,168.218606,028.21
4138Christopher Evans Hatchford Brook Golf Club£5,084.357255,809.35
4241Steve Surry Cumberwell Park Golf Club£4,715.001044.295,759.29
4339Billy Spooner Boston West Golf Club£5,003.107555,758.10
4449Steve Uzzell Hornsea Golf Club£4,237.5015005,737.50
4544Miles Collins Stoke by Nayland Golf Club£4,533.598605,393.59
4658Darryn Lloyd Ping£3,839.6015005,339.60
4753Daniel Gavins Walton Range / Howley Hall GC£4,155.261044.295,199.55
4843Conor O'Neil Mearns Castle Golf Academy£4,555.646355,190.64
4942James Ruth China Fleet Golf &Country Club£4,635.835405,175.83
5045James Robinson Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club£4,366.067555,121.06
5155Mark Young Longridge Golf Club£3,948.261044.294,992.55
5248Josh Loughrey Wrag Barn Golf Club£4,297.686854,982.68
5252Liam Murray GNK Golf & The LM Club£4,202.507554,957.50
5447Tim Rice Limerick Golf Club£4,315.006354,950.00
5550Mike Bedford Bramhall Park Golf Club£4,226.076854,911.07
5646Nick Watson Stoke Rochford Golf Club£4,337.50£530.004,867.50
5751Ashton Turner Kenwick Park Golf Club£4,208.336354,843.33
5859Billy Hemstock Teignmouth Golf Club£3,757.508604,617.50
5956Daniel Wasteney Bondhay Golf Club£3,921.4503,921.45
6060Haydn McCullen Delamere Forest£3,641.6703,641.67