Tuesday 16 July 2019

Sugrue surges back and remains on course to exact some Swede revenge

James Sugrue. Photo: Brian Arthur
James Sugrue. Photo: Brian Arthur

Brian Keogh

Mallow's James Sugrue will be gunning for revenge when he faces Sweden's Christoffer Palsson in the third round of the Amateur Championship at Portmarnock.

The former South of Ireland champion battled back to beat English star Harry Hall 2&1 as Ronan Mullarney of Galway had two wins on the 17th to join him in the last 32.

"He beat me in the last 32 last year which was a bit of a choke," Sugrue (22) said of his defeat to Palsson at Royal Aberdeen.

Sugrue looks like he will take some beating on a course that demands quality and he was pleased to come back from one down with seven to play by winning the 12th, 15th, 16th and 17th.

"I knew Harry is a very good player and he's coming off a great run of tournaments," Sugrue said.

"I knew it would be a tough enough match. I played lovely. I couldn't really have asked for more."

It was another mixed day for the Irish, however, as Waterford's Eanna Griffin raced into a four-up lead over Scotland's Euan Walker after nine holes but lost confidence and fell by two holes.

Dundalk's Caolan Rafferty was also below-par, losing by one hole to Finland's Jonatan Jolkkonen when he pushed his four-iron approach into greenside rough.

Mullarney qualified on the cut mark and after coming through a preliminary round against American Mason Andersen by 2&1, he repeated the feat against England's Jake Bolton.

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