Joe’s Blog returns with the weekly review.
Many false dawns in the past but for the next while I will commit to bringing a round up of results from the various amateur and professional events every Monday. Of particular interest will be those where there is an Irish Interest.
Robin Dawson wins the Flogas Irish Amateur Open.
The Deise really are producing the goods and Robin Dawson is the latest star in a conveyer belt of talent coming from the Sunny South East. The Tramore man is following in the footsteps of other Waterford men in Seamus Power and Gary Hurley who have both shown recent good form. Robin is a former Irish Boys champion and World Universities Champion, while he also has a Senior Cup medal with his home club Tramore. He has been a consistently high performer over the past number of years and his victory here has been on the cards for sometime. He held a comfortable lead for most of the week and despite a slight wobble over the closing holes, ran out a comprehensive winner on a score of 282 (-2). The margin of victory was four over Alex Gleeson of the Castle Golf Club and John Gough of England. There is an excellent report to the event available on the Golfing Union of Ireland’s Website
European Tour: Otaegui Takes Inaugural Belgian Knockout
Unfortunately, there were no Irish involved in the action over the weekend in another new format introduced by the European Tour. The leading 64 players advanced to nine-hole strokeplay matches after two rounds qualifying on Thursday and Friday. The event seemed to be well attended and to be fair there were lot’s of very exciting matches over the weekend. Otaegui had an excellent victory over Benjamin Herbert turning a two-shot deficit with six to play into a two-shot victory with four birdies along the way. The European Tour provide an excellent report on the event here.
PGA Tour: Wise Beyond his years.
Having recently watched Aaron Wise’s performance at the Wells Fargo where he ran a rampant Jason Day all the way to the finish line, it was of no surprise that Aaron Wise claimed his maiden PGA tour victory yesterday at the AT&T Byron Nelson. Tied for the lead with Mark Leishman after three rounds on 17 under, Wise made six birdies in the space of seven holes from the fourth, to blow the opposition out of the water. He cruised home with eight pars to win by three. Having gone toe to toe with John Rahm on top of the World Amateur rankings before turning pro, Wise is two years younger than the hugely talented Spaniard and seems destined to follow in his footsteps to the very top of the game. While this is his first PGA Victory, it’s his third professional victory. Golf World suggest this victory was pre-ordained in this article
LPGA Tour: Ariya Jutanugarn wins Kingsmill
For the second week in a row, the LPGA Tour was shortened due to the inclement weather. This week’s event was shortened from 72 holes to 54 holes with Ariya Jutanugarn eventually triumphing over Japan’s Nasa Hataoka and South Korea’s In Gee Chun in a play-off. Golf World reports that Jutanugarn and Hataoka advanced past the first playoff hole with birdies on the 18th hole at Kingsmill’s River Course. Jutanugarn then knocked out Hataoka with another birdie on their second playoff trip on 18.