Scot loses dramatic play-off
SCOTSMAN Graeme Robertson came close to claiming the Irish Open Amateur Strokeplay title, but lost out in a three man play-off as he continued his bid for inclusion in the Walker Cup team that will travel across the Atlantic in September.
With the Walker Cup only a few months away and set to be held at the National Golf Links of America, Great Britain and Ireland's top amateur golfers descended on Royal Dublin Golf Club as they looked to bolster their chances.
Robertson, who began the event with a hole-in-one during his round on Friday, made the play-off on seven-over-par, but was eliminated at the first sudden-death hole.
“It was still a good finish, even though I felt I could have won,” said Robertson. “Once you get to the play-off stage, it's anyone's to win. Still, I take the positives and it was obviously nice to get my first-ever hole-in-one during the event.”
Robertson was not the only Scot to have a good week across the Irish Sea, as in-form teenager Ewan Scott narrowly missed out on joining him in the play-off, carding a total of eight-over-par. Meanwhile, the reigning SGU Men's Order of merit winner Scott Borrowman and Sam Binning finished inside the top 20 at Royal Dublin.
Pollok’s Conor O’Neil had a disappointing weekend as he faded to a share of 29th spot despite having been joint-leader of the competition after the first two rounds in Dublin.