Tuesday 16 January 2018

In brief: Jeong seals title to make history

The growing strength of Asian golf was emphasised at the weekend when 20-year-old South Korean Jin Jeong became the first winner from that continent of the Amateur Championship at Muirfield.

In the 36-hole final Jeong -- who beat Irishman Paul Cutler in the quarter-finals -- overcame Scottish international James Byrne by 5&4.

It was nip and tuck early on with Jeong not taking the lead until the 14th. He went two up three holes later and then was always in command. Three 25-foot putts in a row from the 23rd put the result beyond doubt.

Lennox takes lead at Irish Amateurs

Moyola Park's Luke Lennox held the clubhouse lead after the second day of the Irish Amateur Close Championship at the Royal Dublin Golf Club.

The Irish National Panel member fired a sensational 66 for a two-round total of 142 -- two-under par. He has been joined at the top of the leaderboard by overnight leader Richard O'Donovan (Lucan) who carded a leval-par 72 yesterday.

Moriarty ties for 11th at St Omer

First-day leader Colm Moriarty slipped to finish joint 11th in the Saint-Omer Open when he completed the final day with a one-over-par 72, finishing seven shots off the winner on level par.

The last three rounds of 73, 73 and 72 were no match for his first-day round of 66 and the Athlone man now moves on to the Canary Islands next week for the Fred Olsen Challenge de España. Martin Wiegele became only the second Austrian to win a European Tour event with his two-shot victory in France. The Austrian, a winner on home soil two weeks ago on the Challenge Tour, shot a three-under-par 68 to finish with a seven-under-par total 277.

Caldwell finishes seventh in Morocco

Jonathan Caldwell of Team Ireland signed for a final-round of 70 to finish eight-under on aggregate at the Moroccan Golf Classic, which was won by the USA's Christopher Ryan Baker.

His final round, which included a triple bogey on the 10th and an eagle three on the par-five 18th hole, earned Caldwell a seventh-place finish worth €4,800.

Des Smyth, meanwhile, finished with a disappointing 75 at the Ryder Cup Wales Senior Open at Royal Porthcawl yesterday, leaving him tied for 30th. South African John Bland claimed his third European Senior Tour title with a one-shot victory, finishing on eight-under, while Ireland's Denis O'Sullivan finished six-over for a tie of 40th.

Irish Independent

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