Saturday 24 February 2018

HOW THE IRISH RATED AT MUIRFIELD:

Karl MacGinty

Struggled since winning the 2011 Open, but the Ulsterman, 45 next month, recaptured a little of that Sandwich serenity at Muirfield. He even laughed off a calamitous quadruple-bogey eight at six on Friday and was a real contender until Saturday's 76. A promising display.

Result: Tied 21, +7, 72 71 76 72, €54,940.

Stats: Average drive 275.3 yards, 59th; Fairways 34/56, 37th; Greens in regulation 48/72, 13th; Putts 121, 21st; Birdies 13, 8th; 3-putts 1.

RATING: 7

SHANE LOWRY

It takes time to learn the ropes at the Majors. The Clara man (26) drew encouragement along with experience from making the weekend for the second time in two visits to the British Open. Lowry knows he should have played and putted better but a little more trust is all he needs.

Result: Tied 32, +9, 74 74 75 70, €29,856.

Stats: Average drive 287.6, 15th; Fairway 39/56, 9th; GIR 46/72, 27th; Putts 124, 39th, Birdies 6, 80th; 3-putts 3.

RATING: 6

PADRAIG HARRINGTON

A measly return of just six birdies from a tournament in which he played nicely from tee to green illustrates the intensity of the world No 75's recent frustration on the putting surface. Not qualified for Firestone next week, Harrington must play Reno-Tahoe as he tries to seal a place in the 125-man field for The Barclays, first leg of the cash and points-rich FedEx Cup play-offs.

Result: Tied 54, +11, 73 75 77 70, €15,943.

Stats: Average drive 284.5, 24th; Fairways 38/56, 11th; GIR 46/72, 27th; Putts 129, 73rd; Birdies 6, 80th; 3-putts 2.

RATING: 5

GRAEME MCDOWELL

Given his recent record of winning on all three occasions he had made the cut, great expectation followed McDowell into the weekend. Yet his swing was a little off kilter, he found the bunkers a trial and he putted below His usual standard.

Result: Tied 58th, +12, 75 71 73 77, €15,275.

Stats: Average drive 268.1, 78th; Fairways 38/56, 11th; GIR 41/72, 69th; Putts 123, 29th; Birdies 8, 70th; 3-putts 3.

RATING : 4

RORY MCILROY

Looked dazed by the battering he took in the opening round on Thursday, when he even managed to putt into a bunker, and McIlroy admitted playing 'brain dead' golf. Though slightly encouraged by his form after cutting loose on the final 11 holes on Friday, he still appeared to be completely bereft of confidence. Phil Mickelson replaced him at world No 2 on Sunday.

Result: Missed cut, +12, 79 75, €3,484.

Stats: Average drive 307; Fairways 8/28; GIR 23/36; Putts 66; Birdies 5; 3-putts 4.

RATING: 2

GARETH MAYBIN

Hot recent form on Tour was not reflected at Muirfield, where he missed the cut for a second time in two appearances at the British Open, endorsing the Ballyclare native's suggestion that he has more of a grá for parkland golf than the links.

Result: Missed cut, +12, 78 76, €3,484.

Stats: Average drive 266.5; Fairways 20/28; GIR 18/36; Putts 64; 3-putts 1.

RATING: 3

Irish Independent

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