Monday 24 July 2017

Irish bow out as Poulter makes Open cut

Casey was tied for second place for much of the day after opening with a three-under-par 69.. Picture credit: Matt Browne / Sportsfile
Casey was tied for second place for much of the day after opening with a three-under-par 69.. Picture credit: Matt Browne / Sportsfile

Brian Keogh

There was no luck for the 10 Irish in action in the final qualifying round for the British Open, which was held at five different venues.

A late triple bogey scuppered the chances of Headfort's Brian Casey at Woburn, where Shiv Kapur shot rounds of 71 and 65 to top the qualifiers by two shots on eight under par from Toby Tree and Ian Poulter.

Poulter, who finished second behind Padraig Harrington the last time Birkdale hosted the Open in 2008, carded rounds of 70 and 68 on his home course.

A former Mullingar Scratch Trophy winner, Casey was tied for second place for much of the day after opening with a three-under-par 69.

After going to the turn in level par in the afternoon round, he then birdied his 11th and 15th holes to keep his hopes alive.

But he then ran up a disastrous eight at the par-five seventh, his 16th, and carded a one-over 73 to finish four shots outside the three qualifying places on two-under.

West Waterford professional Gary Hurley, who earned a late invitation to this week's Irish Open, retired when his chances evaporated.

Hermitage amateur Rowan Lester was the best of the Irish at Gailes Links, finishing tied 16th on three-over - five shots outside a play-off for the final spot.

John Ross Galbraith failed to reproduce the form that earned him a top ten finish in the European Amateur Championship and he bowed out after recording rounds of 77 and 75.

There was no luck either for Ireland's Walker Cup hopefuls, with The Island's Paul McBride, Tullamore's Stuart Grehan and Castle's Alex Gleeson finishing well off the pace at Notts, Royal Cinque Ports and Woburn respectively.

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