Saturday 24 February 2018

Kevin Phelan reaps reward on pro debut with €15,000 cheque

Kevin Phelan
Kevin Phelan

KEVIN PHELAN emerged from his first tournament since graduating from European Tour Q-School with a handsome cheque for €15,300.

Phelan (23) finished best of the Irish in a share of 24th place in the Alfred Dunhill Championship. After Saturday's impressive third-round 68, a closing 74 left the Walker Cup player from Waterford on two-under, 15 behind winner Charl Schwartzel.

South Africa's 2011 US Masters champion once again looked invincible around Leopard Creek as he completed a successful defence of his title with a closing 68. Schwartzel didn't drop a shot in his final 54 holes as he finished four clear of Richard Finch (70).

A birdie on the 13th put him three clear and the contest was effectively over when Finch ran up a double-bogey six at the next hole.

"When you go through some 60 holes without dropping a shot, you should win the tournament," Schwartzel joked.

Simon Dyson, due shortly to answer disciplinary charges after his disqualification from the recent BMW Masters, birdied four of the final six holes of his 67 to finish third, alongside Ross Fisher (69) and Romain Wattel of France (71).

Gareth Maybin tied 52nd on two-over (banking €6,150) after a final-round 75.

Damien McGrane had a nightmare, back-to-back sevens on the final two holes of an otherwise decent 74, the five shots he dropped relegating the Kells man to a share of 57th on four-over (worth €5,100).

Irish Independent

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