Clarke eyes end to Ireland's 54-year PGA jinx
Calcavecchia chasing Open double at Walton Heath
Des Smyth missed the cut but Mark Calcavecchia’s bid to become only the fourth player to claim an Open Championship-Senior Open double continued at Walton Heath where he shares the halfway lead with his compatriot Lee Rinker and Canadian Rod Spittle on seven under par.
Former Zimbabwe great Mark McNulty (76 for level par), Denis O’Sullivan (74 for three over) and Eamonn Darcy (72 for four over) were the only Irishmen to make the last two rounds with Smyth missing out by a shot after a 74 left him on five over.
Darcy blames Finchem for Ryder Cup dates "disgrace"
Eamonn Darcy was laughing all the way to the bank as Europe regained the Ryder Cup. No, the Wicklow legend didn’t have a flutter on a European win but on the chances of a Monday finish.
At odds of 8-1 he couldn’t resist and when he finished counting his cash he had a cut at PGA Tour chief Tim Finchem over the late date that almost wrecked the Ryder Cup.
Bad day for Smyth and Darcy
Eamonn Darcy and Des Smyth endured a tortuous day in the second round of the Senior Open at Sunningdale.
Smyth had surprised himself by shooting 66 in the first round but he could only manage a four over 74 on Friday that left him on level par, 11 strokes behind record-setting leader Fred Funk. But Darcy missed the cut despite a sensational start to his second round.
Smyth pulls out of Irish PGA
But he won't have to fight off a challenge from veteran Des Smyth, 56, who's pulled out of the event at The European Club with a rib injury.
Ordered to rest for three weeks by his physio, six-time winner Smyth said: "I've had a problem with the cartilage in the rib cage for the past six or eight weeks and I've been playing on painkillers.
"I was really looking forward to playing The European Club for the first time but this is the first chance I have had to take a rest after a long run of events.