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Friday 23 February 2018

Walton makes mark on debut

PHILIP WALTON, match-clinching hero at the 1995 Ryder Cup in Oak Hill, made an impressive opening to his new career on the European Senior Tour with a two-under-par 69 at the Mallorca Open.

Walton (50) had good reason to be pleased with his debut after landing three birdies and dropping just one shot on the challenging José María Olazábal creation at Pula Golf Club.

This left the Dubliner in a group of nine players on two-under, including former Ryder Cup captains Mark James, Sam Torrance and Ian Woosnam, one shy of the leading trio of England's David J Russell and Paul Wesselingh and American Dick Mast.

"I was a bit shaky as this is my first event on the Senior Tour, but I played nicely and had a number of birdie chances," said Walton.

Jimmy Heggarty shared 18th after a level par 71; Des Smyth and Eamon Darcy both shot 74 and Denis O'Sullivan posted 77.

Colm Moriarty missed the cut by one at the Madeira Island's Open yesterday after following-up Thursday's sweet opening 67 at Santo da Serra with a heart-rending 75.

Yet Stephen Grant lives to fight another day after a second round 73 at the Challenge Tour's Allianz Open Cotes d'Amor Bretagne.

Irish Independent

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