Hotting up

By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH.   Last Updated: 14/05/13 2:12pm

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It's been another sweltering day at The Els Club in Dubai, as 40 amateur golfers taking part in the Matchplay Championship took part in the second round of their exclusive competition.

The traditional 'moving day' in the professional tournament also applies here, with the guys having the rare opportunity to really strategize about how the attack the course - but it wasn't an easy task given the tricky pin placements and speedy greens.

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You can watch all the action from the Matchplay Championship on Sky Sports.


Regional Finals:
June 25 7pm Sky Sports 4
June 25 Midnight Sky Sports 4
June 26 5am Sky Sports 3
June 26 7am Sky Sports 3
Finals:
July 2 11.30am Sky Sports 2
July 2 3pm Sky Sports 3
July 2 7pm Sky Sports 3
July 3 11am Sky Sports 2

That's not the ideal recipe for looking good in front of the TV cameras, who are still patrolling the course grabbing the best of the action to be shown on Sky Sports in June and July.

Click Here to follow the live scoring for the event.

Our guys were also treated to a look around Butch Harmon's academy, which is situated on the Els Club site, and has an array of video equipment, teaching bays and even a specialised gym area for working the muscles only golfers need.

These tips will stand our competitors in good stead ahead of what will be a nerve-wracking final day of action out in Dubai.

Just when you thought it couldn't, it got a touch hotter on Tuesday, but the conditions did not stop the competitors from posting some very decent scores, especially given conditions.

There was a change at the top of the Men's pairs leaderboard with Andrew Taylor and Martin Firth taking control at the head of affairs after adding another 40 points to their total to move on to 81 after shooting 88 and 90 respectively.

Geoff Edgar and Mick Blair remained in second place after they both shot 90, after both shooting 81 on Monday, to sit on 79 points and just two points off the new pacesetters.

Overnight leaders Robert Leonard and Kevin Mannering slipped down to third place, just three points off the lead after they added 36 points to take their tally to 78 - thanks to Mannering's birdie three at the hardest hole on the course - the 15th.

In the men's individual event, it's a two-horse race between Maartens van Rensburg and Paul Llewellyn, who are both ten points ahead of their nearest rival.

Llewellyn shot 75 to van Rensberg's 76, but used his shots more wisely as he collected 38 points against 35 to take a two-point advantage into the final round.

In the mixed pairs event, Martin Pyke and Anne Wheble enjoy a healthy six-point lead in their category as they bagged 38 points between them to move on to 78 for the two rounds.

There may only be two pairs in the 'non-active' event for players who no longer play regularly, but it is a real quality shoot out between Carl Peirson and Philip and Ambler Simon Gardner and Dean Abeal.

Both teams are neck-and-neck on 78 points going into Wednesday's final round, which will no doubt be an exciting head-to-head battle.

If you fancy your chances of making the finals in Dubai next year you can still enter the 2014 event. Click Here for details of how to enter.

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