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Sunday 20 October 2019

Doran must weather storm for 'East' title


Patrick Cantlay. Photo: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports
Patrick Cantlay. Photo: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Keogh

County Louth's Adam Doran will have to defy high winds if he's to end a 34-year wait for a home winner of the East of Ireland Amateur Open at Baltray today.

The secondary school teacher (26) carded the only sub-par score of the day to lead by a shot on three-under-par from Royal Dublin's Sean Ryan, Palmerstown House Estate's Ross McCormack and Portmarnock Links' Eugene Smith yesterday.

Doran took advantage of more benign but still testing early conditions to fire a one-under 71 before winds gusting to 40mph sent scores soaring.

Thurles' Aaron Ryan, Portmarnock's Darragh Coghlan and former winner Paul O'Hanlon are lurking just two shots behind in joint fifth with hugely experienced players such as Warrenpoint's Colm Campbell, Pat Murray and Gary Cullen only three behind on level par.

The entire field is covered by just seven strokes heading into the final 36 holes after 54 players made the cut on four-over par.

On the European Tour, Guido Migliozzi (22) claimed his second win of the season with a four-shot victory over Dutchman Darius van Driel in the final of the Belgian Knockout in Antwerp

Migliozzi beat Pedro Oriol, defending champion Adrian Otaegui and David Law in his first three knockout matches over nine holes of medal match play before going on to eliminate Austria's Bernd Wiesberger and Scot Ewen Ferguson in the quarter and semi-finals at Rinkven International Golf Club.

Van Driel beat Matthew Southgate and Gregory Havret but he could not match Migliozzi's three-under par total in the decider and had to settle for €111,110 as the Italian banked €166,660 and moved to 21st on the Race to Dubai Ranking.

Gavin Moynihan is 128th after picking up € 4,700 following his first-round loss to Marcel Siem on Saturday and now heads to Portugal to defend the GolfSixes title with Greystones' Paul Dunne at Oitavos Dunes.

At the Brabazon Trophy, English teenager Ben Schmidt closed with a 69 at Aldwoodley in Leeds to win by five strokes on 13-under.

Portmarnock's Conor Purcell tied for 13th, Dundalk's Caolan Rafferty tied 10th with Mallow's James Sugrue 18th on one-over.

On the US Tour, Patrick Cantlay fired an outstanding eight-under par round of 64 to seize the Memorial Tournament in Ohio.

Former world number one Martin Kaymer went into the final round with two-shot lead, however, American Cantlay was not to be denied as five birdies before the turn laid the foundation for victory.

Cantlay added three more on the back nine to close with a 64, the final putt of which was a tricky eight-footer for par which kept Adam Scott at arm's length and earned him a handshake from host Jack Nicklaus watching from the edge of the green.

A closing round of 67 helped Tiger Woods inside the top 10, one shot behind Jordan Spieth.

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