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Tuesday 6 December 2016

England's Marco Penge breaks Royal Dublin record

Brian Keogh

Published 07/05/2016 | 02:30

Tiger Woods inspired Marco Penge as he cut a shot off Royal Dublin’s year-old course record with a sensational 64 in the Flogas Irish Amateur Open. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
Tiger Woods inspired Marco Penge as he cut a shot off Royal Dublin’s year-old course record with a sensational 64 in the Flogas Irish Amateur Open. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

England's Marco Penge was inspired by Tiger Woods as he shaved a shot off Royal Dublin's year-old course record with a sensational 64 in the Flogas Irish Amateur Open.

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But despite making two eagles and four birdies in a brilliant eight-under-par effort to eclipse a third-round 65 by last year's winner Gavin Moynihan, the 17-year-old plus-four handicapper from Goodwood ended the day two shots behind Warrenpoint's Colm Campbell.

Former East of Ireland winner Campbell (29) made seven birdies in a second successive 68 to lead on eight-under-par from Penge, the Isle of Man's Tom Gandy and Irish Close champion Tiarnan McLarnon from Massereene after they shot 69s.

But the star of the day was teenager Penge, who has just returned from the Sage Valley Invitational in the US where he saw hero Woods give a clinic.

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"I like Rory but Tiger's always been my idol," said Penge, who is hoping to celebrate his 18th birthday tomorrow week by adding the Irish Amateur title to last year's Scottish Amateur victory.

"Just to see him in person was a real thrill. Nobody could stop smiling."

Despite a steady 15mph northerly wind blowing down the links and a niggling intercostal rib injury that curtailed his preparations, Penge abandoned the cack-handed putting method and raced into the clubhouse lead on six-under-par.

He eagled the second thanks to a two iron to six feet and holed a 45-footer for birdie at the fourth to turn in three-under 32.

Penge then played the downwind back nine in five-under 32, following birdies at the 11th and 14th with a 40-footer for eagle at the drivable 16th and a birdie from 15 feet at the 17th.

World number nine and overnight leader Jack Hume carded a 72 to end the day three behind Campbell in a share of fifth place on five-under-par with Waterford's Eanna Griffin, who added a 71 to his opening 68.

Irish Independent

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