Dawson delivers electric 64 to ignite Lahinch chances


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Robin Dawson proved that there’s a moving day score out there as he produced a blistering six-under par round of 64 this morning at Lahinch.

Playing in his first Irish Open as a professional, the Tramore golfer was a late addition to the field this week and he’s taking full advantage having burst up the board into a tie for 6th at seven-under par.

With conditions scorable, the 23-year old may slip back as the day progresses but his flawless six birdie salvo has at least put him in the picture heading into Sunday’s final round.

“It was a nice round of golf,” said Dawson. “It was lovely and calm there the first 12 holes and then rain started coming down, so I took advantage of the first 12 holes or so. Just played pretty solid all day, just getting nice numbers and giving myself a lot of chances for birdie.”

“I didn’t really have any to be honest,” added Dawson when asked of his expectations this week. “I kind of got a call on Monday to say I was in the field, last minute invite, so I was lucky, so I kind of just rushed here, had a quick practice round.”

There’s plenty on offer aside from the title for the Challenge Tour pro this week too with three qualifying spots for the Open top of the list. Just last week when Dawson was struggling to a Sunday 77 at the Italian Challenge, such thoughts were a distant dream but it’s a realistic goal now, although not one the towering fledgling pro wants to get lost in.

“I suppose it’s going to be in there somewhere in the back of my mind, but if I play well, all looks after itself. When I’m on the course, I’m kind of in my own little world, but yeah, you do think about it, of course you do. But when I’m on the course, no, I just have good fun with my caddie, Peter O’Keith, so keep on doing that.

“It’s nice to be playing here at Lahinch. I know the golf course, so there’s comfort in that, as well. But yeah, of course there is, professional golf, there is going to be up-and-downs and I’ll be prepared for that and take whatever comes on the chin

“I’m going to enjoy the lie-in first. It was an early start this morning. I think it was like 5.00 alarm, so I’ll look forward to a lie-in in the morning.”

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