Higgins heads B specials at School
Lawrie on fire as stars implode
“So those who are last now will be first then, and those who are first will be last.”
On a day of bibiical proportions for Ireland’s big name challengers in the BMW PGA Championship - it was a plague of locusts for Rory McIlroy (74), Graeme McDowell (74) and Padraig Harrington (76) - some of the lesser lights shone brighest and some old glories sparked again on a scorching day on the famous Burma Road.
Trainor wins Lexus Race to Mount Juliet
Barrie Trainor won the Lexus Race to Mount Juliet tournament in association with PING and Failte Ireland to claim the Order of Merit title.
The Warrenpoint native shot rounds of 68 and 70 at the Kilkenny venue to win by four shots from Brendan McGovern on six under par and take the Irish Order of Merit title from last year’s winner David Higgins.
Waterville man Higgins (70-73) tied for third with Eamonn Brady, Jimmy Bolger, Robert Giles and Darren McWilliams on one under par.
Trainor motoring in Lexus Race to Mount Juliet
Barrie Trainor is perfectly placed to overhaul David Higgins and snatch the Lexus Race to Mount Juliet after opening with a four under par 68 in the 36-hole, year-ending bonanza.
The Ulsterman had six birdies in brilliant first round effort at the stunning Kilkenny venue outside Thomastown to share the lead with Headfort’s Brendan McGoven.
Trainor had four birdies on an error-free card to join bogey-free McGovern at the top and move one stroke clear of recently crowned Irish Assistants champion Seamus McMonagle (69).
McIlroy not backing down after Twitter storm
Rory McIlroy refused to back down in his vigorous defence of his caddie following his Twitter war with pundit Jay Townsend.
The Ulsterman told the former pro and TV commentator to “shut up” and branded him a “failed golfer” after getting annoyed by Townsend’s constant criticism of JP Fitzgerald.
Rory roared: “I don’t really have any respect for the man after what he did, or after what he has done the last three years.”
When the Claret Jug isn't just the ticket
Darren Clarke found out this week that there are major advantages to winning the Claret Jug.
Sources in the know say the Open champion avoided a speeding ticket as he burnt rubber in his €200,000 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti on the 300 mile trip from Belfast to Killarney on Monday.
Stopped by two police, Clarke was expecting the worst when an officer did a double take and enquired: “Aren’t you….?”
Trainor hits top gear at Galgorm
Barrie Trainor blasted six birdies in his last 10 holes to surge into contention for the Europro Tour’s Galgorm Castle Northern Ireland Open.
The Warrenpoint native and Mayobridge professional fired a five under par 67 - the joint best score of the day - to move up to tied sixth with Brendan McCarroll (70) on six under. Scores
They’re four shots behind Scotland’s Ross Cameron, who holds a two-shot lead going into the final day on 10 under par after following his opening 63 with a 71, with Cork’s Stephen Hackett (70) the next best of the Irish on five under.
Murphy and Co set for PQ-2 pain in Spain
Popular Kilkenny man Gary Murphy faces a 10-round marathon to win back his European Tour card.
The affable 38-year old is just one of 12 Irishmen set to peg it up over 72 holes in the Second Stage of the European Tour Qualifying School at four venues in southern Spain from November 26-29 and, hopefully, the six round Finals in Catalunya.
Mortimer one clear of McGrane and Mooney at Seapoint
Former champion David Mortimer will be bidding to continue his almost faultless bid for his second Ladbrokes.com Irish PGA title when he takes a one stroke lead over the European Tour star Damien McGrane and Belfast’s Damian Mooney into the final round at Seapoint.
Expensive finish for Trainor
The Warrenpoint man, 28, shot a one under par 71 in the third and final round at the Murcia venue but slipped back to one under par overall after a nasty six at the 18th.