Wednesday 23 January 2019

Ireland rally to finish tied for tenth behind sizzling Danes

Tramore's Robin Dawson. Photo: Sportsfile
Tramore's Robin Dawson. Photo: Sportsfile

Brian Keogh

Ireland were left to wonder what might have been as they rallied to finish tied for tenth behind Denmark in the World Amateur Team Championship for the Eisenhower Trophy at Carton House.

The Danes produced a sizzling final-round display, with identical twins, Nicolai and Rasmus Hojgaard, shooting a combined 13-under par on the O'Meara Course to give them a one-shot win over the USA on 39-under par.

The Irish trio of Tramore's Robin Dawson, Portmarnock's Conor Purcell and Kinsale's John Murphy were tied with Denmark and Thailand at halfway, just one shot behind New Zealand.

But they confessed that their disappointing one-over par third-day on the Montgomerie Course on Friday, when Purcell shot 71 and Dawson and Murphy carded two-over 74s, killed their momentum.

"We all had a bad day at once," Murphy said after closing with a bogey-free, five-under 68, as Dawson shot 69 and Purcell a non-counting 74 to leave Ireland tied with Germany on 27-under.

Nicolai Hojgaard shot a seven-under 66 and brother, Rasmus, a 67, as John Axelsen posted a non-counting 69 to give the Danes a one-shot win over Americans Cole Hammer and Justin Suh, who shot 66 and 69, and Collin Morikawa, whose 71 wasn't needed.


Spain took bronze on 36-under 544, with Alejandro Del Rey the low individual on 23-under after a 65. Dawson was joint best GB&I player, with England's Gian Marco Petrozzi, tied for 13th in the individual standings on 14-under par.

Meanwhile, dethroned kings, Ireland, returned with bronze from the European Senior Men's Team Championship in Austria after a final-day victory over England.

At Diamond, Michael Coote's side saw hopes of a seventh title overall for Ireland disappear with defeat in their semi-final with Spain.

They had to come from behind in the clash for third against England after John Mitchell (Tramore) and Barry Hobson (Malone) went down by a two-hole margin against Ian Attoe and Richard Partridge in the foursomes. But they would go on to secure a 3.5-1.5 victory after dominating the singles.

Other debutant Steve Graham (East Sussex) recorded a 4&3 victory over Stephen East.

Banbridge's Jim Carvill beat Richard Latham 2&1, while Naas's Maurice Kelly got it done against reigning Irish Seniors Amateur Open champion, Trevor Foster.

Portmarnock's Adrian Morrow halved with Rupert Kellock. Germany were crowned Senior Men's champions with a 3.5-1.5 victory over Spain.

Irish Independent

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