By John Manley
The start of the season hasn’t been kind to Euro senior Denis O’Sullivan, but he kicked his game into high gear last week at the Microlease Jersey Seniors Masters at La Moye Golf Club in England.
O’Sullivan was one stroke shy of joining three others in a playoff for championship honors. He instead tied for fourth place at two-under-par 214 (73-70-71).
The two other Irishmen to go the distance were Raymond Kane, who tied for 16th place at 219 (72-75-72), and Kenny Stevenson, who tied for 25th at 220 (71-76-73).
Seiji Ebihara won the playoff among the low trio at 213 that also included Denis Durnian and Delroy Cambridge.
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Darren Clarke and Padraig Harrington both tied for 30th place in the U.S. Open, played at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. Both were eight over par at 288. Clarke’s cards read 74, 71, 71 and 72, while Harrington signed his name to rounds of 73, 70, 71 and 74.
Keith Nolan just made it into weekend play in the Greater Cleveland Open at Quail Hollow Resort’s Devlin Course in Concord, Ohio. After shooting 70 and 71 to make the cut with not a stroke to spare, Nolan carded scores of 75 and 71 to finish in a tie for 53rd place at 287, one under par.
Heath Slocum brought in the winning score of 267. Sean Quinlivan missed the cut by nine strokes, having shot 150 (75-75).
Euro Challenge Tour
This circuit’s two Irish representatives finished in midpack at the Galeria Kaufhof Pokal Challenge at Rittergut Birkhof Golf Club in Germany. Francis Howley tied for 29th place at nine-under-par 283 (77-66-69-71), with Peter Lawrie one stroke behind at 284 (71-72-75-66), which earned him a share of 35th place. Wolfgang Huget topped the field at 270.