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Delight as Sharvin clinches English Open Stroke Play Championship


Cormac Sharvin

Cormac Sharvin

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Cormac Sharvin

Cormac Sharvin claimed the English Open Stroke Play Championship at Hollinwell on Saturday and so became the first Irishman since Rory McIlroy in 2006 to lift the famous Brabazon Trophy.

The 22-year-old from Ardglass, Co Down put himself in pole position with a stunning five-under-par 67 on Friday, and finished with a solid 70 for a 72-hole aggregate of seven-under 281.

That gave him a one-stroke win over fellow Irishman and Walker Cup player Gavin Moynihan from Dublin.

Sharvin carded four bogeys on the outward half, but seven pars to finish were sufficient for him to edge home.

Moynihan posted a brilliant concluding 66, which included two bogeys in the last three holes. An eagle three on the long sixth hole was the highlight of his round.

Sharvin, Moynihan and Jack Hume from Naas - who earned a share of third place - all seem assured of places on the Britain and Ireland team to play the USA in the Walker Cup at Royal Lytham and St Annes in September.

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