Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Waterford’s Robin Dawson turned professional after finishing his amateur career with Ireland in Wales on Friday and he will tee it up for the first time on the European Tour at the Portugal Masters this Thursday.
The reigning Irish Amateur Open Champion and raked eighth in the World, received an invite (along with Sergio Garcia) to begin his career as a professional at the prestigious event at the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Club in Vilamoura.
He will be joined in the field by fellow Irish golfers, Padraig Harrington, Shane Lowry and Paul Dunne. Harrington and Lowry are both past winners of this event.
Unfortunately Robin’s hope of finishing his amateur career with a win didn’t happen as Ireland’s dream of completing five-in-a-row at the Home Internationals was dashed by England on the final day at Conwy, Wales on Friday.
After both sides had defeated Scotland and Wales, it was a winner-takes-all clash for the reigning champions but they had to settle for second as England prevailed 8.5-6.5. Level after the foursomes, England dominated the singles, winning six of 10 matches, and they reached the magic total when David Langley beat Alex Gleeson by two holes.
It was still all to play for facing into the singles. Level at 2.5 points apiece, Ireland only required five points to retain the title — a halved match would see the reigning champions retain the trophy by virtue of their superior match points total (21-19.5 at the start of play) — and that meant England had to lead the charge.
The spoils were shared in the foursomes but England produced the goods again in the singles to prevail and take back the trophy that Ireland have held for the last four years.

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