Saturday 24 February 2018

Late slip-ups prove costly for Lawrie

PETER LAWRIE saw the dark side of the tough finishing stretch at Real Golf Club de Seville as he dropped five shots and bundles of cash at the last two holes over the weekend.

Francesco Molinari clinched his third European Tour title after a superb final round of 65 left him three clear of his nearest challenger in the Open de Espana, and €333,330 the richer.

After closing his third round with back-to-back bogeys on Saturday, 2008 Spanish Open winner Lawrie dropped another shot at the par-three penultimate hole yesterday and followed that with a double-bogey six at the last for a final-round 73 that left the Dubliner tied for 16th, which earned him a cheque for €25,960.

Gareth Maybin was Ireland's best. A sizzling string of five straight birdies on the back nine was the highlight of the closing 67 which earned the Ulsterman €46,320 in a share of seventh -- his first top-10 finish in more than 12 months. Simon Thornton picked up €14,875 in joint 32nd place on four-over after a level-par 72.

Though he birdied his opening two holes yesterday, holing out from a greenside bunker at the second, overnight leader Simon Dyson still endured a nightmarish final round of 76 as he tumbled back to 12th on one-under par.

Irish Independent

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