Spanish Open

Round-up: 70s for Rory and Padraig; Hoey best; Europro rain; Power up

PGA Tour — Rory McIlroy got caught by the sting in the tail they call the Green Mile in the Wells Fargo Championship but confessed he was pleased with his putting after seeking advice from Dave Stockton for the first time in over a year.

Round-up: 70s for Rory and Padraig; Hoey best; Europro rain; Power up

Big Mig wins again as Maybin revives season with ace

A hole-in-one helped Gareth Maybin secure a joint-seventh finish at the Spanish Open and a boost to his hopes of keeping his card as Miguel Angel Jimenez smashed his own record to win on tour at the age of 50.

Big Mig wins again as Maybin revives season with ace

Big picture looking clearer for Lowry and Maybin

Shane Lowry was happy and Gareth Maybin, presumably, was equally pleased as he produced an awesome display of ironplay to give himself a chance of getting his Race to Dubai season back on the strait and narrow in the Open de España.

Big picture looking clearer for Lowry and Maybin

Irish tested at demanding PGA Catalunya

Shane Lowry, Paul McGinley and Simon Thornton remained in touch with the leaders as they battled to level par 72s in the first round of the Open de España at a testing PGA Catalunya Resort.

Irish tested at demanding PGA Catalunya

Lowry thinking positively as Jacquelin wins marathon play-off

Raphael JacquelinRaphael Jacquelin was all smiles after coming through nine extra holes to win the Spanish Open at El Saler. ©Getty ImagesShane Lowry was looking on the bright side as Raphaël Jacquelin claimed his fourth European Tour victory in the Spanish Open after a nine-hole, record-equalling play-off that lasted more than two hours.

Irish slip back as Warren tames windy Valencia

David Higgins chips to the seventh at El Saler. Picture: Eoin Clarke www.golffile.ieDavid Higgins might be joint top for scrambling and sand saves but he’s eight shots behind Scot Marc Warren with a round to go in the Spanish Open.

Lowry finds form in Valencia

Shane Lowry drives on the 18th at El Saler. Eoin Clarke Lowry might be inconsistent but he’s certainly not boring as he showed with a superb 66 in the second round of the Spanish Open at El Saler - the joint best round of the day.

Higgins in his element at El Saler

David Higgins loves El Saler. Picture: Eoin Clarke www.golffile.ieWhen David Hggins won back his tour card last November he had no doubts he could still win on tour.

“Put me on the right course in the right conditions and I feel I can win,” he said.

Solid gold future for Faldo's Lough Erne champions

Olivia Mehaffey (left) with Lynn McCool, Director of Golf at Lough Erne Resort.As Graeme McDowell prepared to do battle in the RBC Heritage and Mourne’s Reeve Whitson got ready for his European Tour bow in the Spanish Open, Royal County Down’s Olivia Mehaffey claimed overall victory in the  Faldo Series Ireland Championship at Lough Erne.

Lawrie and Lowry make hay in Spanish sun

Peter Lawrie in action in Barcelona. Credit: www.golffile.iePeter Lawrie and Shane Lowry kept surprise leader Scott Jamieson in their sights as they made positive starts in the Spanish Open at Real Club de Golf El Prat near Barcelona.

Steady Lawrie, seeking just his second tour victory following his maiden win in this event in 2008, recovered from a bogey six at his opening hole and putted well from short range to fire five birdies in a four under 68 that left him two off the lead in a share of sixth.

Lowry finished like a train after a slow start, rattling off five birdies in his final six holes for a three under 69.

Jet back to Seville Darren, you've made the cut!

Darren Clarke headed home thinking he’d missed the cut in the Spanish Open. He hadn’t.Darren Clarke hasn’t had much luck since he was denied a wildcard by Nick Faldo for the 2008 Ryder Cup. But the golfing gods smile on him late on Friday when he discovered that instead of missing the cut by a shot, he had scraped into the last two rounds of the Spanish Open in Seville.