Clutch Colm Campbell claims his second Irish amateur title after sudden death

Warrenpoint’s Colm Campbell proved that there is life after 30 in the amateur game when he holed two crucial par putts on the 17th and 18th before capturing his second Flogas Irish Amateur Open title on the first extra hole.

As a family man, the seasoned 2016 champion (35) had low expectations for The Island.

But after following rounds of 73 and 75 with a three-under 69 to reach the final round, just one shot behind Castle’s Robert Moran at one-over-par, he found his touch to deny Malone international Matthew McClean. , with a bogey on the first additional hole.

“It’s a little different than 2016,” said Campbell, who hit a 10-footer on the 17th and a 12-footer for another par on the 18th for a par-72 against McClean’s 70 to force sudden death on one. . more than 289.

“Obviously I was playing a full-time schedule back then, so my expectations were a little bit lower. But I knew I was playing well enough and like I said last night, I wasn’t here to make up the numbers.”

Campbell found himself in front when overnight leader Moran double-bogeyed in the third and shot 75 to finish third with a triple.

But McClean followed up a bogey in the fourth with birdies in the fifth, sixth and ninth to tie for the lead with Campbell and Moran at one over.

Malone’s man then eagled on the 10th and birdied the 13th to go three clear at two under par only to allow Campbell to equalize by executing a costly double bogey seven after three putts on the 15th before dropping another shot at 17.

McClean made big par on the last to shoot 70 and set the target at one more before Campbell broke his heart with those par saves and won with a bogey on his return to 18 via sudden death.

Malone’s bearded man had to take a penalty drop after carving his drive into tough rough, then bunkered his third and missed with a 15-foot bogey. “There might be a few pints at Warrenpoint tonight, but I have to go to work tomorrow morning and then play a game of Barton Shield tomorrow night,” joked Campbell, whose two-putt bogey proved enough.

“But I’m delighted to have crossed the line, so there’s still a bit of golf out there. I am a happy man.”

On the DP World Tour, Royal Dublin’s Niall Kearney closed out a disappointing two-over-73 to tie for 15th at six-under, seven shots behind England’s Sam Horsfield at the Soudal Open in Belgium.

Just three shots off the overnight lead, Kearney bogeyed on days 10, 11 and 15 before making his only birdie of the day on 17.

Horsfield shot 68 to capture his third DP World Tour title by two shots from Germany’s Yannick Paul (69) and New Zealand’s Ryan Fox (71) at 13 under par.

One of 10 English players requesting a pitch for next month’s controversial LIV Golf Invitational, he was three shots behind leader Fox after eight holes.

But he dug deep and came home at two under par to claim an emotional win.

“This was a really special week for me, you know, Issi, my girlfriend, was caddying for me, so it was a little bit different and we had a lot of fun,” Horsfield said.

“Unfortunately, Mick, my caddy couldn’t be here, you know I wish he was, and I was definitely thinking about him today. And this was for him.

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