Robin Dawson in action at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Photos: Inpho.
It was a Dubai Duty Free Irish Open to remember for Waterford’s Robin Dawson as the 23-year-old finished in a tie for 27th place at the Lahinch in Co. Clare on Sunday last with fellow Déiseman Seamus Power also finishing inside the top 60 strong field.
Just a mere nine months into his professional career, Dawson was the last man to enter into the field and he only survived the cut mark by the fact of his birdie putt on the 18th green during Friday’s second round.
Little did he think that a day later he would follow it up with a brilliant bogey-free round of 64 that saw jump up the field and by the time he played his final shot on day three, he sat in a position of tied third after one of the rounds of his career.
The Tramore native, who is a former Irish amatuer champion, went into the final round with high hopes, but he carded a round of 71 to finish as the second best Irish man in the field, a fate that earned up a prize total of €58,055 on a score of -6.
A DELIGHTED DAWSON
Speaking on his week, Dawson said, “I’m happy overall and it’s been a great week for me. I only made it into the event through a Team Ireland invite, but it was a great experience for me and it has given me a lot of confidence.
“I think that it shows that I can play with the top lads. I was delighted to shoot 64 on Saturday, which was a real highlight. I suppose getting the break in the first place to play here at the tournament is what you need and I’m glad that I’ve done well enough.
“I’m really happy with where my game is at, I’ve been working hard the last few months and it is nice to see the results pay off. Everybody gets those little breaks and I’m hoping that I can build on playing so well here now.
“It was great to have my family here supporting me, especially my cousin Ronan, but everybody has been so good to me and I’m happy that I’ve played some great golf.”
He was joined in the field by another Waterford man Seamus Power, who also threatened the top of the leaderboard for a while before failing to produce similiar rounds to his opening two days over the course of the weekend.
Taking time from his US schedule to play in Clare, Power carded a final round of 72 to finish on +1 for the tournament. After carding an opening day 70, the West Waterford man followed that up with an impressive 66 on Friday that put him in contention, but a 73 and 72 on the last two days saw Power earn €17,389 in prize money. He’s back in PGA Tour action this week at the John Deere Classic.
Seamus Power in action at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch.