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Sunday 20 January 2019

Moynihan to address putting after latest missed cut

Gavin Moynihan. Photo: Sportsfile
Gavin Moynihan. Photo: Sportsfile

Brian Keogh

Gavin Moynihan knows he must improve on the greens after he missed his sixth cut from six starts this season in the Tshwane Open in South Africa.

The Mount Juliet touring professional (23) began his rookie campaign with back-to-back missed cuts just before Christmas.

But after also missing the weekend action in his first four starts this year, he knows he must improve with the blade before he returns to action next month.

"Last four weeks have been tough," Moynihan told his Twitter followers after posting a two-over 73 at Pretoria Country Club to miss the one-under cut by seven shots.

"Getting nothing out of my game. Ball-striking is there but putting is just nowhere good enough. Lot of work to do."

Tournament leader George Coetzee (31) knows what it's like to struggle after missing 11 cuts in his rookie European Tour season eight years ago.

But he's now seeking his fourth tour win on home soil and his second Tshwane Open title since 2015 after carding an immaculate, seven-under 64 to lead by a shot from Finn Mikko Korhonen and Chile's Felipe Aguilar on 11-under par.

In amateur golf, Massereene's Tiarnan McLarnon and Naas' Jonathan Yates bowed out of the Spanish Amateur Championship at La Manga.

Yates lost one up to England's Gian-Marco Petrozzi in round one but after handing Frenchman Thomas Dorier an 8 and 6 thrashing in the morning, McLarnon almost pulled off a sensational comeback in the last 16.

He was three down with three to play against Spain's world number 31 Angel Hidalgo but won the next two holes to take the match to the final hole before falling one up.

In the women's event at Montecastillo Golf & Sports Resort in Cadiz, officials reduced matches from 18 to just 12 holes but high winds and torrential rain forced a suspension of play until today.

Lisburn's Paula Grant is two up after two holes against Sweden's Beatrice Wallin and Lurgan's Annabel Wilson three up after seven against Denmark's Sofie Kibsgaard with Killarney's Valerie Clancy yet to start against French star Lou Vrain.

  • Tshwane Open, Live, Sky Sports, 8.30am
  • WGC-Mexico Championship, Live, Sky Sports, 7.0pm

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