Classy Rafferty takes podium finish at St Andrews Links Trophy

Caolan Rafferty (Photo by Jan Kruger Getty Images)

Caolan Rafferty’s fine season continues after the Dundalk international fired six blemish-free birdies en route to a third-place finish at the St Andrews Links Trophy in Scotland.

The 26-year old signed for a six-under par 66 around the Old Course to grab outright third at 17-under par after a superb week at the home of golf.

In the end Rafferty fell three shots shy of the winning mark as England’s Jake Burnage took advantage of a final day slip up from compatriot, Matty Lamb who carded a disappointing 73 to ultimately lose out by a shot.

Rafferty led home a pleasing Irish challenge this week with Massereene’s Tiarnan McLarnon also impressing on the final day.

The Irish international returned a three-under par 69 to take sixth place on his own at minus-12 after a pleasing week across the water.

Unfortunately, Mallow’s James Sugrue slumped to a three-over par 75 on Sunday to drop back into a share of 23rd on seven-under par.

That was four shots better than both Galway’s Ronan Mullarney and Hermitage’s Rowan Lester who finished just outside the top-30 on minus-three after rounds of 74 and 72 to close out their respective tournament bids.

Earlier in the week, with the cut to the top-40 falling at four-under par, Warrenpoint’s Colm Campbell was one of three Irish to fall one shot shy having found form with a four-under par 68 that put him to three-under par.

That was the same 36-hole total as Portmarnock’s Conor Purcell (68/73) and Douglas’ Peter O’Keeffe (67/74) while Naas’ Robert Brazill & Forrest Little’s Jack McDonnell bowed out at even and defending champion, John Murphy and Oughterard’s Devin Morley also missed out.

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