Smyth was tied for fourth place, five strokes behind Morgan, going into Sunday’s final round, but he finished one over par for his round to drop back amid a group in 15th place, nine strokes behind Morgan, who cruised to victory.
Smyth was five under par for the tournament at 211 (69-69-73). He earned $25,500. Mark McNulty was one stroke behind at 212 (71-71-70), which placed him in a group at 18th place. His earnings amounted to $18,814.
Michael Hoey’s 66 was the low score of Sunday’s final round of the Stanbic Zambia Open, a distinction shared with one other player, but that was far too little and much too late for the Belfastman to climb atop the leaderboard. Instead, Hoey took fourth place at the Lusaka Golf Club with his 11-under-par 281 (73-71-71-66). Michael Kirk, at 274, enjoyed a three-stroke victory. Hoey had eight birdies and only one bogey on Sunday, including consecutive birds on the 11th through 14th holes. Colm Moriarty tied for 25th place at 289 (72-73-73-71).
Peter Lawrie was the top-finishing Irishman in the Qatar Masters at the Doha Golf Club in Qatar. He was one of 14 golfers to share 36th place with scores of 283, which is five under par. Lawrie’s cards read 71-72-67-73. The only other Irish representative to make the cut was Gary Murphy, who tied for 62nd place at 286 (71-67-74-74). The winner was Sweden’s Joakim Haeggman, who shot 272.
One week after nearly winning in Dubai, Paul McGinley missed the cut here by three strokes. He shot 146 (72-74) for 36 holes. He was joined by Damien McGrane, 145 (73-72), Graham Spring, 146 (75-71), and Graeme McDowell, 147 (76-71).
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Sean Quinlivan tied for 22nd place in the Aquafina Classic at Cobblestone Country Club in Palm City, Fla. He earned $747 with his 36-hole score of 149 (76-73). Daniel Sugrue missed a paycheck by two strokes. He landed in a tie at 29th place with his 151 (74-77). Vince Covello won the tournament in a playoff after he and Steven Wheatcroft shared the low score of 141.