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Saturday 16 December 2017

IRISH amateur Kevin Phelan focused after sealing US Open spot

Ireland's Kevin Phelan
Ireland's Kevin Phelan

GOLF Liam Kelly

IRISH amateur Kevin Phelan from Waterford Castle GC had no time to celebrate his stunning success in qualifying for the US Open at Merion next week.

Phelan (22) won his US Open sectional qualifier in Bradenton, Florida on Monday and yesterday flew to Wilmington, Delaware, for this week's Palmer Cup event – a Ryder Cup-style contest for elite college golfers from Europe and the USA.

The Palmer Cup is played by two teams of 10 and takes place at Wilmington Country Club from Friday to Sunday.

Joining Phelan on the European team is Waterford native Gary Hurley (20), a Harrington Scholarship student at NUI Maynooth.

Hurley is the first Irish-based university player to qualify for the Palmer Cup team.

Phelan was delighted with the response to his performance in going through to the US Open and hopes to capitalise on the experience he gained in qualifying for the 2010 US Open at Pebble Beach.

Phelan (pictured above) missed the cut at Pebble Beach but has improved over the last three years.

Once the Palmer Cup is over, he will travel to Merion where he will join Irish Major winners Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Padraig Harrington and Darren Clarke in the field for the US Open.

Phelan is also one of three GUI amateur invitees to the Irish Open at Carton House from June 27-30, along with Gavin Moynihan (The Island), and Reeve Whitson of Mourne.

European Amateur champion Rhys Pugh of Wales will be the fourth amateur in the field.

Irish Independent

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