Friday 24 November 2017

McDowell and Clarke miss out despite stunning 59

Alex Teichmann

ULSTER aces Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke pushed the transatlantic 'Dream Team' of Ian Poulter and Dustin Johnson all the way into the winner's circle yesterday as the $3m Shark Shootout came to a remarkable climax in Naples, Florida.

Poulter and Johnson finished on 30-under, two ahead of McDowell and Clarke, but the winners and their Northern Irish playing companions both posted rounds of 59 in the scramble format.

Johnson and Poulter split $750,000 between them, while the runners-up bring $235,000 each back to Portrush at the end of their competitive year.

This boosts Ryder Cup hero McDowell's on-course income to a €5.5m in 2010, a season in which he won the US Open, Welsh Open, Andalucia Masters and turned over Tiger Woods at the Chevron World Challenge.


Four teams broke the 60 barrier at Tiburon Golf Club yesterday. David Duval and Davis Love III lifted themselves into a tie for fifth with their 59, while tournament host Greg Norman and his US partner Matt Kuchar also went around in 13-under for ninth place.

Elsewhere, Iben Tinning (36) picked up a €75,000 'Golden Handshake' after a two-stroke victory in the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, the Dane's farewell event on the Ladies European Tour.

Tinning signed off with a 69 to finish 11-under at The Emirates Club, two better than Sweden's Anna Nordqvist (70).

Martina Gillen earned €1,650 in a tie for 58th place on 13-over after her final-round 79. Gillen and Curtis Cup star Danielle McVeigh both tee it up at Europe's final Q-School at La Manga on Wednesday.

McVeigh missed Saturday's cut at the LPGA Tour's final qualifying event in Florida after a fourth-round 79 dropped her to 27-over. Galway-born Alison Walshe completed the five-round series in 33rd place on six-over after a closing 74, clinching a limited exemption on the US circuit in 2011.

Cork's Denis O'Sullivan shot a final-round 69 for ninth place and a €7,000 payday at the Mauritius Commercial Bank Senior Open. David Frost (69) beat Roger Chapman (65) on the second extra hole after both tied on 13-under. Jimmy Heggarty banked €1,974 in 31st after a closing 73.

Irish Independent

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