By John Manley
Eamonn Brady won his second event of the year, the Europro Tour’s Glenmuir Classic at Whitekirk Golf Club in East Lothian, Scotland, last weekend. The Dubliner started the third and final round seven shots off the lead, but went out and fired 66 to vault into contention. He spent over an hour waiting in the clubhouse while the overnight leaders stumbled their way to the finish.
Craig Goodfellow, who had the lead after 36 holes, shot 78 in the final round. Martin Le Mesurier needed only par on the 18th hole to force a playoff with Brady, but his par putt lipped out and Brady had his trophy.
“It’s absolutely brilliant,” Brady said. “At the start of the day, I didn’t think I had a chance on plus two, but then I eagled the 13th and thought I could be in with a shot, and then things just got better and better.”
Brady finished four-under-par at 212 (75-71-66) for a one-stroke victory. The winner’s purse amounted to 10,000 pounds. Gary Cullen tied for 33rd place at 221 (73-76-72). The cut was established at 152, which eliminated Finbarr Madden, 158 (82-76) and Donal Brennan, 163 (81-82).
Follow us on social media
Keep up to date with the latest news with The Irish Echo
Padraig Harrington was denied a top-10 finish in all this year’s majors by one shot, when he finished tied for 17th in the PGA Championship at Hazeltine in Chaska, Minn. Had Harrington come in with 289 instead of the 290 (71-73-74-72) he signed to, he would have tied for 10th. His earnings amounted to $72,000. Rich Beem’s 278 proved to be the winning number.
Darren Clarke shot 149 (79-70) for 36 holes and missed the cut by a stroke. Paul McGinley’s total was 153 (74-79).
Ballyliffin Golf Club in Inishowen, Co. Donegal, hosted the North West of Ireland Open, which was won by Sweden’s Adam Mednick, who coasted to a five-shot victory over Andrew Coltart and Constantino Rocca. Play was halted during the third round as strong winds sent many scores into the 80s.
Philip Walton continued his resurgence with a sixth-place tie. At even-par 288 (75-70-71-72), Walton finished seven shots behind Mednick. He earned $10,366. Ciaran McMonagle tied for 19th place with 296 (74-72-80-70), good for $4,029. Damien McGrane was in contention for 36 holes, then lost his bearings in the wind and ended in a tie at 30th position with 299 (72-73-80-74). He earned $2,779.
John Dwyer (75-75-82-70) and Francis Howley (75-73-78-76) were among a group tied for 45th place at 302, which was good for $1,693 apiece. Michael Hoey shot 303 (77-71-83-72), which landed him in a tie at 52nd place and earnings of $1,278. Gary Murphy had a share of the 79th slot at 310 (78-73-85-74) and a check for $489.
The cut was established at 151, which was too low for Stephen Browne, 152 (77-75), John Dignam, 153 (78-75), Paddy Gribben, 153 (79-74), Peter Lawrie, 160 (86-74) and Conor Mallon, 160 (86-74).
Golden Bear Tour
P.J. Cowan tied for fourth place in the PLI Challenge, played in Palm City, Fla., at the Hammock Creek Golf Club and the Martin Downs Country Club. Cowan finished 11 under par for 54 holes at 205 (67-66-72) for earnings of $6,258. Hiroshi Matsuo was the medallist with a score of 198.
Euro Seniors Tour
The word anticlimax applies nicely to Eamonn Darcy’s first spin with Europe’s elders in the Travis Perkins Senior Masters. After a fine opening round of 69 at England’s Wentworth Club, Darcy subsequently reported home with rounds of 73 and 79 to plummet to a tie for 47th place at 221. He earned $1,219.
Christy O’Connor Jr. and David Jones provided Ireland’s best challenge to Ray Carrasco, whose 206 proved victorious. O’Connor (74-68-71) and Jones (69-73-71) were lodged in ninth place with five others at 213, which was good for a $7,813 check. Joe McDermott (72-72-71) and Denis O’Sullivan (70-72-73) grabbed a slice of 23rd place with scores of 215, which earned them $3,491. Eddie Polland earned $1,881 with a share of 37th place at 218 (77-69-72), while Paul Leonard was 65th on the board at 228 (77-78-73) and earnings of $470.
Keith Nolan recovered from a third-round 77 to fire Sunday’s co-low round of 65 in the Wichita Open at the Crestview Country Club in Wichita, Kan. Nolan tied for 30th place at two-over-par 282 (71-69-77-65). He earned $2,678. Tyler Williamson’s 272 was the winning score.