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Golf Roundup Clarke plays second fiddle to Monty

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

By John Manley

Darren Clarke started Monday’s final round of the Volvo PGA Championship six shots behind leader Colin Montgomerie and responded with a six-under-par 66. But Monty didn’t fold, shooting 69 to enjoy a three-stroke victory over Clarke, Andrew Coltart and Lee Westwood. Clarke scored 274 (68-68-72-66) for 72 holes in Wentworth, England.

Padraig Harrington found his stroke too late, working his way up the board to a 17th-place tie. He shot 282 (72-74-69-67). Paul McGinley was consistent, playing his way to a 20th-place tie at 283 (70-70-72-71), while Des Smyth explored life on both sides of the street en route to his 284 (77-69-70-68), which earned him a share of 26th place.

Euro Challenge Tour

David Higgins shared 38th place with seven others in the Muermans Real played over the Golf & Country Club of Herkenbosch in Roermond, The Netherlands. Higgins was only two shots off the first-round lead, coming in with a 70. But the numbers thereafter were 73, 73 and 78. His six-over-par 294 left him 13 strokes behind medalist Richard Gillot.

A 36-hole score of 145 or better was needed to make the cut. Failing to do so were Peter Lawrie, 146 (73-73), Paddy Gribben, 146 (77-69), and James Loughnane, 155 (73-82).

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Asian Tour

John Kernohan has returned to Asia, where he has enjoyed his best days as a professional. He managed a 27th-place tie in the Ericsson Classic at the Sunrise Golf & Country Club in Taipei, Taiwan. His even-par 288 (70-73-76-69) left him 16 strokes behind runaway winner James Kingston.

Euro Ladies Tour

There was third-round play for neither Lynn McCool nor Aideen Rogers in the Ladies Hannover Expo 2000 Open at the Rethmar Golf Links in Germany. McCool missed the cut by just a stroke, shooting 154 (76-78). Rogers shot 156 (80-76).

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