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Cannon wins Irish Amateur Open

Balbriggan golfer takes title at Royal Dublin

Balbriggan’s Robbie Cannon has won the Irish Amateur Open Championship at Royal Dublin in dramatic fashion after a four hole playoff that went to sudden death.


With defending champion Gavin Moynihan (The Island), Graeme Robertson (Scotland) and the 34 year old fitness coach Cannon all tied on seven-over par after regulation play concluded, a three hole aggregate playoff ensued and with Moynihan being eliminated after the first three holes, it was left to Cannon & Robertson to go back to the final tee box again for sudden death.


Both players found the fairway with their irons off the tee, Cannon leaving himself 204 yards to the flag. He hit a sublime five iron to thirty foot while Robertson, who had 35 yards less found the lip of the right hand greenside bunker and the ball nestled right in the centre of the trap.
Despite a valiant shot to twelve foot, the Scot left himself with too much work to do and when Cannon left his birdie effort just 18 inches from the hole, Robertson had a must make putt which he missed and Cannon holed out to become the third Ireland player in four years to win the coveted trophy.


Moynihan, last year’s champion, finished as runner-up on a count-back, while Robertson, who had a hole in one at the twelfth in round one, ended up in third.
Ireland’s Dermot McElroy, Richard O’Donovan & Geoff Lenehan all finished in a tie for fourth on eight-over par, alongside Finland’s Teemu Bekker and Ewan Scott from Scotland.
Also on that mark was Jack Hume, the runner up at Lytham last week, held a two shot lead with two holes to play and having made bogey on the penultimate hole, he needed a par to win on the last.


Having found sand from the tee, he blasted out to the fairway and still had 200 yards to the flag. A wayward shot left of the green meant that the Rathsallagh member from Naas had to get up and down from left of the green to make the play-off. A mishit chip shot and a missed putt ended Hume’s hopes of making the play-off and he finished on eight-over also.
Rory McNamara and Colm Campbell rounded off the top ten on nine-over par.
This win will surely capitulate Cannon back into the Irish National Panel and the 2009 South of Ireland champion must be in the minds of selectors with some big championships coming up.



RESULTS:

The Irish Amateur Open Championship
at The Royal Dublin Golf Club
10th – 12th May 2013


After 72 Holes:
295 R Cannon (Balbriggan) 70 75 75 75 (after play-off); G Moynihan (The Island) 76 73 73 73; G Robertson (Scotland) 69 81 72 73
296 D McElroy (Ballymena) 76 73 75 72, R O'Donovan (Lucan) 76 73 73 74, G Lenehan (Portmarnock) 76 73 72 75, T Bakker (Finland) 75 77 71 73, E Scott (Scotland) 75 76 72 73, J Hume (Rathsallagh) 71 74 74 77
297 R McNamara (Headfort) 73 74 75 75, C Campbell (Warrenpoint) 72 76 73 76
298 R Dawson (Faithlegg) 72 75 74 77, J Rutherford (England) 71 75 78 74
299 N Kimsey (England) 76 75 73 75, M Kippen (England) 72 75 73 79, P Murray (Limerick) 71 78 73 77
300 S Borrowman (Scotland) 78 71 76 75, C Geraghty (Laytown & Bettystown) 76 75 73 76, H Diamond (Belvoir Park) 76 73 75 76, M McAlpin (Royal Portrush) 75 77 77 71, T McLarnon (Massereene) 74 77 75 74, S Binning (Scotland) 74 76 73 77, R Bridges (Stackstown) 73 79 75 73
301 R Arnorsson (Iceland) 76 76 73 76
302 C Sharvin (Ardglass) 72 77 77 76, S Healy (Claremorris) 71 78 76 77, A Kearney (Castlerock) 70 75 78 79
303 J Fox (Portmarnock) 71 78 75 79
304 M Morrissey (Mount Wolseley) 75 73 78 78, J McDonald (Scotland) 72 80 76 76, C O'Neill (Scotland) 72 73 79 80, N Grant (Knock) 71 81 75 77
305 J Greene (Carlow) 76 76 74 79, S O'Hara (Co. Sligo) 74 76 73 82
307 W Jones (Wales) 75 77 79 76
308 D O'Donovan (Muskerry) 79 72 78 79, S Flanagan (Co. Sligo) 79 72 75 82, R Connolly (Rathsallagh) 75 77 74 82, P McBride (The Island) 74 76 81 77
309 K Le Blanc (The Island) 73 76 80 80
312 S Moran (Carton House) 73 79 80 80
317 J Shufflebotham (Wales) 77 75 81 84, G McGrane (The Royal Dublin) 76 76 83 82

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