Joe’s blog weekly review of amateur and pro events
Peter Sheehan goes back to back.
Former South of Ireland winner Peter Sheehan added the Connacht Mid Amateur title in Oughterard yesterday to the Ballybunion Scratch Cup he won last week. The Ballybunion man holed his second to the par-four 11th in the final round and held off the challenge from Thomas O’Connor of Athlone down the stretch. Sheehan who missed out on qualifying for the British Seniors championship last year by just one shot, will have another pop at qualifying for this year’s event which will be held at The Home of Golf, St. Andrews. Peter shot level par 216, Thomas shot 218 with Slievenamon’s Peter Kiely third on 221.
Oughterard Golf Club was in absolute splendour for the event with the greens in excellent condition. The course itself is picture perfect. Very enjoyable and hats off to all at Oughterard. You could do a lot worse than turn up there for open singles on any given Tuesday.
Long victorious at Douglas Scratch Cup
Eoghan Long of Monkstown overcame a top quality field to secure his first senior scratch cup victory in Douglas at the Weekend. Rounds of 70 and 72 combined for a -2 142 total and a one-shot victory over Peter O’Keefe and Eric Rumley. Cork Golf News provide an excellent report on the event here
Tobin Wins Castletroy
Jason Tobin shot 75, 69 for a level par total of 144 to take the prestigious Castletroy Scratch Cup on Saturday. The home club dominated proceedings with Dean McMahon and Jack Ryan second and third respectively on 146. West of Ireland Champion Rob Brazil finished fourth with Mikey Burke of Galway and Justin Kehoe of Limerick making up the top 6 in a quality field.
European Tour: Molinari victorious at Wentworth
Mr Consistency Francesco Molinari claimed victory on The Europen Tour’s Flagship event at Wentworth. The victory in the first of this year’s Rolex series of events all but guarantees his participation in this year’s Ryder Cup. Often criticised for poor putting performances, much like the runner-up McIlroy, Molinari combined his pristine long game with a very accomplished short game to win his fifth tour event. He won by two in the end and had Rory hit his eagle putt on 18 a fraction firmer, Molinari would have had to sweat over an 8 footer on the last to secure the victory. In truth, however, he never appeared in danger and completing rounds 3 and 4 bogey-free around the testing Wentworth layout is an achievement in itself. For a more in-depth report, the European Tour provides a very good recap of the event
PGA Tour: Yellow Rose of Texas?
Nothing yellow about this Rose! Justin Roses’ performance on the Fort Worth Invitational was nothing short of phenomenal. While he did not lead after round one he did lead from round two through to round four and never backed off for a second. To emphasize the quality of golf, Kevin Na shot a 62 and 61 during the tournament while Brooks Keopka shot a 64 and 63, yet neither of them ever looked like laying a glove on Rose in what was a hugely impressive performance at Colonial. The PGA Tour website suggests the victory was “Hoganesque”, a reference to Ben Hogan the tournament founder which seems pretty apt. The players this week were unanimous in their praise of Hogan. It’s good to see them acknowledge their predecessors particularly those as revered as Hogan. As the Olympic Champion and indeed a US open Winner, Rose has indeed already secured a strong legacy, and judging by his performance this week there’s a lot more in the tank. Whether he will be revered as much as Hogan in fifty years time as Hogan is today is doubtful, but there’s little doubt in this observers mind that he is far from finished winning majors and most certainly is a contender for World Number 1 in the near future.
LPGA Tour: Volvik Championship
Minjee Lee captured her fourth LPGA on her 22nd birthday yesterday. Lee birdied the final hole after making what looked like a very costly error on the 71st hole. The closing birdie helped her secure victory by one shot over tournament debutant I.K. Kim by one shot after a ding-dong battle on Sunday. There a in-depth analysis of the tournament on the LPGA TOUR Website
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