Monday 18 November 2019

Irish amateur McBride excels at Porsche Open

Paul McBride of Ireland plays his first shot on the 9th tee during the Porsche European Open - Day One at Green Eagle Golf Course, Hamburg, Germany. Photo: Tony Marshall/Getty Images
Paul McBride of Ireland plays his first shot on the 9th tee during the Porsche European Open - Day One at Green Eagle Golf Course, Hamburg, Germany. Photo: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Phil Casey

England's Richard McEvoy tamed a monster course to keep his game in top gear by claiming a share of the lead on day one of the Porsche European Open.

Amateur Paul McBride led the Irish challenge with an impressive two-under 70 to leave him in tied-33rd, as Michael Hoey endured a horrendous opening round of seven-over par, with Chris Selfridge four shots better off on three-over.

McEvoy, who won his first event since 2004 in the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge at the start of the month, carded six birdies in an opening 66 on the 7,582-yard Green Eagle Golf Course in Hamburg.

That looked set to give the 38-year-old from Essex the outright lead until American Julian Suri birdied four of his last five holes to also finish six-under, a shot ahead of defending champion Alex Levy, Charl Schwartzel, Stuart Manley and Chris Paisley.

Victory at Aviemore took McEvoy to seventh on the Road to Oman rankings, with the top 15 at the end of the season gaining full playing rights on the European Tour.

McEvoy has been forced to regain his card via the qualifying school in each of the last three seasons and added: "This week could be my last week (on the European Tour) depending on what happens here and I may concentrate the rest of the year on the Challenge Tour.

"If I have a great week here then things might change, but at the moment I'm going to concentrate on the Challenge Tour for the rest of the year, being in such a strong position."

Meanwhile, on the PGA Tour, Shane Lowry finished with a flourish to get off to a pleasing start at the RBC Canadian Open in Ontario.

The Offaly man made successive birdies on the 16th, 17th and 18th holes, following 15 pars in a row, to sign for a three-under 69.

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