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Wednesday 19 September 2018

Thornton Makes Open

Simon Thornton birdied the first extra hole to win the €40,000 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Qualifier at Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort in Donegal and one of four places in the $7 million Rolex Series event at Ballyliffin (Stock picture)
Simon Thornton birdied the first extra hole to win the €40,000 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Qualifier at Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort in Donegal and one of four places in the $7 million Rolex Series event at Ballyliffin (Stock picture)

Tulfarris's Simon Thornton birdied the first extra hole to win the €40,000 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Qualifier at Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort in Donegal and one of four places in the $7 million Rolex Series event at Ballyliffin.

Thornton added a one-under 71 to his opening 68 to tie with Old Conna's Neil O'Briain (72) on five-under-par at the Sandy Hills Links, before claiming the €6,000 top prize with a birdie at the first extra hole.

Glasson's Colm Moriarty booked his ticket to Ballyliffin when he shot 73 to finish third on four-under.

However, a play-off was needed to decide the fourth spot, and it went to Monkstown Golf Club's Cian McNamara, who edged out Waterford's Kevin Phelan with a par at the second extra hole.

Thornton birdied the par-five first in sudden-death to edge out O'Briain, who closed with a 72. Phelan made eagle twos at the fifth and 12th as well as two birdies and four bogeys in closing 70 to finish on two-under with McNamara, who closed with a 73.

Both men missed from around six feet for birdie at the first extra hole before McNamara took the final spot with a par-four at the 18th.

Irish Independent

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