Thursday 18 July 2019

The Island in mix for Harrington's Open

Seamus Power. Picture Getty Images
Seamus Power. Picture Getty Images

Brian Keogh

Seamus Power got off to a flying start in his bid for a maiden PGA Tour win with a superb opening 66 in the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

The West Waterford star (32) made over 90-feet of putts in a five-birdie round to lie just two shots behind Ryan Armour, Bronson Burgoon, Kyoung-Hoon Lee, Mackenzie Hughes and Lahinch-bound Abraham Ancer on four-under par.

Pádraig Harrington opened with a two-under 68 as the European Tour continued its search for a venue for the 2020 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, with the Dubliner the likely host during his Ryder Cup captaincy year.

The three-time Major champion would succeed Paul McGinley as host and The Island is on a list of potential venues being considered by the powers at Wentworth.

Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links was one of the front-runners before it was put on the market recently and until its future ownership is decided, and Irish Open may have to wait.

The Island's Gavin Moynihan continued his build-up to next month's Irish Open at Lahinch with an eagle at the par-five 18th contributing to two-under 70 in the weather-delayed BMW International Open in Munich.

The Portrane native (24) was tied for 22nd when play was suspended.

Martin Kaymer fired a 67 to share second place with England's Oliver Wilson, just one stroke behind clubhouse leader Andrea Pavan of Italy. Michael Hoey and Paul Dunne left themselves work to do to make the cut after posting two-over 74s.

On the Challenge Tour, Derry's Ruaidhrí McGee and Whitehead's John Ross Galbraith were inside the top 64 who will qualify for the matchplay stages of the Andalucía Costa del Sol Match Play 9 in Spain today.

McGee was joint 21st after a one-under 70 - just three off the pace - with Galbraith 46th after a 72.

At the KPMG Women's PGA at Hazeltine National in Minnesota, Leona Maguire ran up six bogeys in a first round six-over 78, nine behind the pace of South Korea's Hyo Joo Kim .

BMW International Open, Sky Sports Golf 10.30am

Travelers Championship, Sky Sports Golf 8.0pm

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