Wednesday 18 September 2019

Late bogeys blow Moynihan off course

Gavin Moynihan plays a shot on the 1st fairway during Day One of the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge. Photo: Getty Images
Gavin Moynihan plays a shot on the 1st fairway during Day One of the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge. Photo: Getty Images Sportsfile

Gavin Moynihan looked set for his first sub-70 round for four months before he dropped three shots in his last three holes at the wind-blown SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge in Aviemore.

Bar his unofficial GolfSixes win with Paul Dunne last month, the Dubliner (23) hasn't made a cheque in 13 starts since he won his European Tour card at the Qualifying School last November.

With 12 missed cuts on all tours and one withdrawal due to a shoulder injury, he could do with a confidence-boosting day soon. And he looked to have found some momentum in Scotland, where he followed an early bogey with four birdies to move up to fourth behind Scotland's David Law.

But he double-bogeyed his 16th hole and then bogeyed the last in tough conditions, carding a 72 that left him tied for 20th with Derry's Ruaidhri McGee on level-par. They're five shots behind Law (27), who made five birdies in an immaculate 66 to lead by a shot from Portugal's Pedro Figuerido and Welshman Stuart Manley on five-under. Michael Hoey (73), Dermot McElroy (73), Cormac Sharvin (74), Jonathan Caldwell (75) and Gary Hurley (82) completed the scoring for the Irish contingent.

In amateur golf, Lisburn's Josh Black has a four-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Irish U-16 Boys Amateur Open Championship at Castle Dargan.

He added a joint best-of-the-day one-under 71 to his opening 70 to lead on three-under 141 from Seapoint's David Keating.

Elsewhere, Robin Dawson and John Murphy go head-to-head at Royal Aberdeen this morning in an all-Irish showdown for a place in the semi-finals of the 123rd Amateur Championship. Irish Amateur Open champion Dawson recorded a 6&5 victory over Sweden's Elis Svard in the last 16. Kinsale star and St Andrews Links Trophy champion Murphy's recent run of form continued as made light work of the tournament's top-ranked player in world number five Viktor Hovland from Norway - also 6&5.

Joining the pair in the quarter-final is Portmarnock's Conor Purcell who faces Australian David Micheluzzi.

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