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Wednesday 24 January 2018

Darcy set to play through the pain

Eamonn Darcy returns to competition today at the Scottish Seniors at St Andrews despite facing keyhole surgery on his injured shoulder, writes Bernie McGuire.

Darcy (58) has played just two events this year since injuring his left shoulder at Druids Glen last May.

He had a cortisone injection on Monday and is taking painkillers and anti-inflammatories in order to join the 75-player field competing at St Andrews Bay.

"I came out this year feeling really good about everything and went down to Spain and finished eighth in my first tournament for about five months," he said.

"We then had a week off, and I was hitting a driver at Druids Glen and felt this horrible pain."

His injury was diagnosed as a tear in the tendon underneath his rotator cup.

"I was in so much pain and only came back for the recent British Senior Open and even now it's still giving me pain," he said.

Surprisingly, Darcy led his Pro-Am team to victory on Wednesday.

He's joined in the Scottish Seniors by fellow Irish Des Smyth, Denis O'Sullivan, Jimmy Heggarty, Liam Higgins and Eddie Polland.

England's Barry Lane, who is competing in next week's main European Tour event at Gleneagles, is the defending Scottish Seniors champion.

Leona makes move as Lisa crashes out

Leona Maguire moved into contention for the Ladies British Open stroke-play title at Royal Ashdown Forest yesterday with a second straight three-over-par 75.

That put her in joint-third position two strokes adrift of leader Charlotte Thomas.

But 16-year-old Leona's twin sister Lisa, the recently-crowned European champion, crashed out, missing the cut by two strokes after a disastrous second-round 81.

Leona briefly threatened to grab the lead when she reached the turn in 36, but three bogeys on the way home thwarted that bid.

Charlene Reid (Royal Portrush) qualified for the final 36 holes after a second-round 76, a three-stroke improvement on her opening effort. Sarah Cunningham (Ennis) just made it despite taking an 82 to add to her 75 of Wednesday.

Lisa Maguire seemed to be heading for safety when she went out in 37 but took seven strokes more to come home. She dropped seven strokes from the 10th to 15th including a double-bogey seven at the 12th.

Both Maguire twins were yesterday confirmed on the European team for the Junior Solheim Cup which takes place at Knightsbrook Golf Resort in Trim on September 20-21.

Murphy struggles

GARY MURPHY has only an outside chance of making the cut at the Ecco Tour Championship when the second round is completed in Denmark's Lubker Golf Resort this morning. After a first round 76 in this co-sanctioned Challenge Tour event, Murphy was three strokes outside the projected cut mark on five-over with three holes of his second round remaining when darkness fell last night. Niall Kearney (86th 76 72, +4) and Colin Moriarty (119th, 79 72, +7) had already missed the bus.

Codd nine off lead

IRELAND'S Rebecca Codd fired a three-over-par 75 in yesterday's first round of the Aberdeen Ladies Scottish Open at Archerfield Links. She was tied 41st in the 60-strong field, nine strokes off the pace set by Hannah Jun of the USA.

Irish Independent

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