Monday 10 December 2018

Moynihan holds nerve at final green to secure 2019 European Tour card

Gavin Moynihan. Photo: Getty Images
Gavin Moynihan. Photo: Getty Images

Mount Juliet's Gavin Moynihan made a knee-knocking five-footer at the last to regain his European Tour card as Cormac Sharvin missed out by a shot at the marathon Final Stage of the European Tour Qualifying School in Spain.

Struggling all week with a back injury, the Dubliner (24) bogeyed the 15th and 17th at Lumine Golf Club in Tarragona to go to the 18th needing a par five to finish among the crucial top-25 and ties.

But it took the best putt of his life for the pride of The Island to get over the line for the second year running as he carded a level-par 71 on the Lakes Course to tie for 20th on the 16-under par limit as 27 players earned cards.

"It was way worse than last year," said Moynihan, who had to birdie the 18th in 2017 to win his card for the first time. "It was probably the most nervous I have ever been coming down the last two holes.

"It was nice to play well today and hole a putt when I really needed to hole a putt. I just got it in the hole. It's probably the most nervous I have ever been over a shot."

His 2015 Walker Cup team-mate, Ardglass' Sharvin (26), was disappointed to miss out on 15-under after 69 but insisted: "It's only a matter of time before I am competing with the best week in, week out."

Tramore's Robin Dawson (22) was happy to secure a full Challenge Tour card as he tied for 73rd on three-under after a 71.

Dawson said: "I am very happy and pleased I have a place to play next year, and hopefully, I will be one step further along the following year."

Spain's Alejandro Cañizares topped the qualifiers as he tied with South Africa's Zander Lombard on 24-under after a closing 64.

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