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Thursday 22 March 2018

Higgins performs heroics as he hits rich vein of form

David Higgins has claimed crown. Photo: Sportsfile
David Higgins has claimed crown. Photo: Sportsfile

Waterville's David Higgins has shown he's a class act on the course again, with his victory in this year's PGA Club Professional Championship at The Oxfordshire making him just the third Irishman to claim that prestigious crown.

However, the 43-year-old has also been busy on the domestic circuit, winning twice last week to confirm his place at the top of the Order of Merit.

Following his win in Athenry, Higgins travelled to Killeen Golf Club in Co. Kildare and fired a six-under 66 to win the Blue Ireland Killeen Pro-Am in association with Killaree Lighting Services.

The former European Tour player made eight birdies and two bogeys to beat Headfort's Joe Dillon, Pure Golf Leopardsown's Michael McDermott and Banbridge's Richard Kilpatrick by two shots.

"I putted lovely in tough conditions and on a tough track," said Higgins, who shared first prize with Simon Thornton at the Athenry Pro-Am on Thursday.

"I cracked my driver a few weeks ago and it has taken some time to find a suitable replacement, but at last I seem to have got one that works, so I'm back in action now."

Michael McDermott had the consolation of guiding his amateur partners - Declan Higgin, Peter Christian Snr and Peter Christian Jnr - to success in the team event with 91 points.

Blue Ireland Killeen Pro-Am, in association with Killaree Lighting Services, Killeen GC (Par 72): 66 D Higgins (Waterville Golf Links); 68 J Dillon (Headfort Golf Club), M McDermott (Pure Golf Leopardstown), R Kilpatrick (Banbridge GC); 69 D McGrane; 70 B Doheny (Mount Juliet GC), Simon Thornton, D Mooney (Nevada Bobs Belfast), N O'Briain (Old Conna GC).

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