John Daly signs up for Irish Open at Royal Portrush
JOHN DALY has been added to the heady mix at next month's Irish Open. The two-times Major champion (46) has accepted a sponsor's invite to join local heroes Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy at the party in Royal Portrush, writes Karl MacGinty.
It will be Daly's fifth visit to the Irish Open. He finished runner-up to Bernhard Langer at Mount Juliet on his first appearance in 1994 and missed the cut at Baltray on his most recent in 2009.
Philip Walton, 50 in March, wrapped up his first event on the European Senior Tour with a cheque for €2,104. A final round of one-over 72 left him in a five-way tie for 22nd on two-over at the Mallorca Open. Walton was best of the Irish at Pula Golf Club, where England's former Walker Cup stalwart Gary Wolstenholme sealed his second Senior Tour win in two years on eight- under with a closing 69.
Ricardo Santos fired a stunning nine-under-par 63 in the final round of the Madeira Islands Open to claim his maiden European Tour title; he becomes the first Portuguese player to win on home soil.
Santos (29) delighted the home crowds as he overhauled overnight leader Carlos del Moral and withstood the challenge of Andreas Harto to finish four clear on 22-under-par, a record low for the event.