Round up: Power's Top 10, O'Briain wins, Hoey and Sharvin feature
Seamus Power chips in during last week's Web,com Tour event in Illinois

Seamus Power chips in during last week's Web,com Tour event in Illinois

Web.com Tour — Seamus Power clinched his third top 10 finish of the season and moved up two places to sixth in the money list as he chases a top 25 spot and promotion to the PGA Tour for 2017.

The West Watford man closed with a 70 to finish tied ninth in the Rust-Oleum Championship in Chicago and earn $15,000, taking his season's winnings to $168,063.

Power's win in the United Leasing & Finance Championship in early May put him in pole position to win a ticket to the big leagues next season and he's taken advantage by finishing seventh and ninth in two of his last four starts.

ax Homa won the Chicago event by a shot from John Malinger on 13 under with Power tied with the likes of Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño on eight under thanks to a six birdie, two under 70.

Ashun Wu. Picture: Getty Images

Ashun Wu. Picture: Getty Images

Wu makes history

European Tour — Ashun Wu made history at the Lyoness Open powered by Sporthilfe Cashback Card as he became the first Chinese player to win multiple European Tour titles, and the first to claim one on European soil, courtesy of a one-shot victory over Spain’s Adrian Otaegui.
In a tense finale at Diamond Country Club, the 30 year old looked to be sailing to victory when he reached the turn, but a double-bogey at the tenth followed by a bogey at the 11thopened the door for several other challengers.
Indeed, Wu and Otaegui were tied for the lead stepping on to the 17th tee but the Spaniard could not get up and down from a greenside bunker on the penultimate hole and dropped a shot.
When Otaegui narrowly missed his birdie putt at the par three final hole, Wu was left with two putts for the victory and he duly obliged to sign for a closing 69 and a 13 under par total.
Michael Hoey was 31st on one under par after a final round 69 with the cheque for € 7,785 moving him to 194th in the Race to Dubai.

O'Briain wins in style at Dunfanaghy

TRIM, IRELAND - MAY 19: Neil O'Briain (Old Conna Golf Club) in action during the Galvin Green PGA Assistants' Championship - Irish Qualifier Event at County Meath Golf Club on May 19, 2015 in Trim, Ireland.  (Photo by Patrick Bolger/Getty Images)

TRIM, IRELAND - MAY 19: Neil O'Briain (Old Conna Golf Club) in action during the Galvin Green PGA Assistants' Championship - Irish Qualifier Event at County Meath Golf Club on May 19, 2015 in Trim, Ireland.  (Photo by Patrick Bolger/Getty Images)

PGA in Ireland — Neil O'Briain continued his positive start to the season with victory in the 36-hole Dunfanaghy Pro-Am on Sunday.

The 29-year-old, a recent winner of the Flogas Pro-Am at Lough Erne carded rounds of 63 and 62 for an 11 under total and a two shot victory over David Higgins (Waterville).

“I played really solid golf for the two-days,” said the Old Conna man who will be one of the leading contenders for the Irish PGA Assistants Championship title which gets under way on Tuesday at the Nuremore in Monaghan. 

“It wasn't that easy either. The rain came in and the wind got up in the afternoon both days so it made it pretty tricky at times.”

O'Briain played some stunning golf over the two days in Donegal, recording 12 birdies and an eagle. His only blemish came at the par four 11th on day one when he hit his tee shot out of bounds and then followed up with a three-putt for a triple-bogey seven.

The highlight of Neil's round on Sunday was an eagle at the par four third but he admitted himself there was a fair degree of fortune attached to it.

He added; “My drive pitched into the up slope and there was a ton of mud on the side of the ball. I was left with 130 yards to the flag so I aimed about 20 yards right of the target to try and take the mud into account. The ball set off dead straight, pitch on the green, and then trickled out of sight into the hole. That was a bit of bonus, it could easily have been a bogey or worse.”

Higgins managed to play 36-holes without making a mistake but he couldn't match O'Briain's fireworks compiling two rounds of 63 and 64.

Simon Thornton (64/64) finished alone in third on eight under par with Richard Kilpatrick (Banbridge) and Brendan McCarroll (Narin&Portnoo) locked together in fourth on seven under par.

PGA captain, Gary Chambers (Killymoon), guided his amateur partners to success in the team event with a total of 185, two points ahead of Ciaran Molloy and his team.

Dunfanaghy Pro-Am, Dunfanaghy GC (Par 68)

  • 1 N O'Briain (Old Conna GC) -11 (63/62) 
  • 2 D Higgins  (Waterville Golf Links)  -9 (63/64)  
  • 3 S Thornton -8 (64/64)  
  • T4  B McCarroll (Narin & Portnoo GC)  -7 (66/63) 
  • T4  R Kilpatrick  (Banbridge GC) -7 (65/64) 
  • T6  C Moriarty (Drive Golf Performance Ltd) -5 (64/67)  
  • T6  M McGeady (Foyle Golf Centre) -5 (66/65)
  • T6  D Beattie (Deer Park Hotel Golf & Spa)  -5 (66/65) 
  • 9 S Quinlan  (Lucan GC) -4 (66/66) 
  • T10 N Kearney  -3 (67/66)  
  • T10 S McMonagle  (Dunfanaghy GC) -3 (65/68) 
  • T10 M O'Sullivan  (Piltown Driving Range)  -3 (68/65)
  • T10 B McElhinney (North West GC) -3 (70/63)
Simon Forsstrom. Picture: golfsupport.nl/FrankVuylsteke

Simon Forsstrom. Picture: golfsupport.nl/FrankVuylsteke

Sharvin tied 46th in Belgium

Challenge Tour — Ardglass' Cormac Sharvin closed with weekend rounds of 72 and 71 to finish tied 46th in the KPMG Trophy in Belgium.

Eighth at halfway, he was overtaken by low scoring at the weekend and ended up 13 shots behind the winner on seven under par.

Simon Forsstrom carded a seven under par 64 on the final day of the KPMG Trophy to climb up the leaderboard and secure a maiden victory on the European Challenge Tour.

Starting the day two shots back from overnight leader Alexander Knappe, the Swede made the perfect start at Cleydael Golf and Country Club, picking up a birdie at the par five first. 

The 27 year old then made two further gains over the front nine to reach the turn in 33, putting himself firmly in contention going into the home straight.

Despite challenges from England’s Steven Tiley and Germany’s Knappe, it was Forsstrom who stole the show, making two further birdies and an eagle at the 17th which handed the Swede a sublime two shot victory.