Saturday 18 January 2020

Guiney hits top gear

John Daniel Guiney produced an exceptional finish to four days of gruelling play at Frilford Heath to move into the second stage of qualification for a European Tour card.

The Ballybunion man appeared to be in a hopeless position after rounds of 73 and 72 earlier in the week at the start of the first stage, but he roared into top gear to return 67 on Thursday and 69 yesterday for an aggregate of 281 seven-under-par.

In the end he was five strokes inside the cut-off point and can now look forward to heading to Spain next month for the second stage.

But it was a very different story for the Irish in France as Muskerry's Niall Turner flopped badly when it mattered most, slumping to a 77 for a 286 total, two strokes outside the cut-off point and 14 behind winner Wes Homan Jnr of the United States.

Limerick's Tim Rice was well down the field in joint 56th place after a 76 gave him a total of six -over-par 290.

Irish Independent

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