Irish Open 2019: New kid in town as 23-year-old Robin Dawson propels himself into contention with stunning 64
It was Waterford's Seamus Power who grabbed the headlines yesterday with his 30 on the back nine surging him up the leaderboard.
And another Deise man had sparks flying at Lahinch today with Tramore native Robin Dawson carding a blemish free 64 in rainy conditions to take over as leading Irish golfer and sit joint third as he returned to the clubhouse.
The 23-year-old former Irish amateur champion had started the day on -1 after rounds of 68 and 71 placed him right on the cut-line. In fact, had he not birdied the 18th yesterday, he would have been taking in the weekend from the gallaries.
Dawson wasted no time in grabbing his chance with a birdie on the second before steadying himself with a run of pars until a second birdie arrived at seven.
A stunning run of four birdies in six holes after the turn shot the young player, who plays as a touring pro out of Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links, up the leaderboard. Three steady pars to finish meant that he signed for a blemish-free 64 and currently as clubhouse leader and joint third overall.
With a world ranking of 1,612, Dawson revealed he had been due travel to Slovakia for a Challenge Tour event that on Monday evening. only to receive an invite into the £5.5million event that morning.
"You'd take this position any week, whatever tournament it is. It's always nice to be in contention," he told RTE Sport after his round.
With three qualifying places for the Open Championship at Royal Portrush up for grabs, Dawson has given himself a chance but is taking nothing for granted.
"It's going to be in the back of my mind but if I play well that all takes care of itself," he concluded, adding that he planned to unwind for the afternoon with a dip in the Atlantic at Lahinch beach.
Meanwhile, Shane Lowry failed to make a move on a frustrating day for the golfer after an illness-affected day two. There were plenty of birdies- scattered through his round with par broken on 3, 7, 11, 13 and 18. But bogeys on 2, 6 and 15 were compounded by a 7 on the par five 12th to leave the Offaly man signing for a level par 70 to remain at -2.