Mixed emotions for Dawson despite super week at Lahinch


Robin Dawson (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Robin Dawson was left to reflect on what might’ve been despite enjoying his best week as a professional back home at the Irish Open.

The Tramore pro returned a one-over par 71 to close out a brilliant week in Lahinch where his six-under par tally saw the 23-year old claim a top-30 finish.

“Pretty mixed emotions,” reflected Dawson who had started the day 13 places higher on the board but still took home a healthy cheque worth approximately €65,000 for the effort.

“To be fair, it’s been a good week for me. It’s my first European Tour cut and stuff like that. It’s probably like when you get so close, a top-10 would have been nice to get into next week but look, it doesn’t matter.

“Overall, I hit it lovely tee to green. I hit a lovely shot on 16; I was even thinking about the car when it was in the air it was so good! It just took an unfortunate kick to the right into the bunker and that was a dead area there.

“It’s still been a good week. Four good rounds and I’ve played nicely which is the most important thing. Lots of positives to take. It’s given me a lot of confidence.”

Just last week Dawson was signing for a Sunday 77 on the Challenge Tour in Italy but after capping his week in Lahinch with a birdie at his 72nd hole, the fledgling professional proved that no matter the tour, his game can hold up against the best of them.

“To be honest, I don’t see a lot of differences between Challenge Tour and Main Tour. There are such fine lines in golf. But I loved playing in front of the crowds. You don’t get those opportunities too often. It’s good fun just having family and friends here, it’s been really good.

“I’ve two Challenge Tour events coming up now in France and Austria and then I’ve a week off. This is my fifth week in a row so I’ve just got to keep playing. I’m doing OK. This week feels like I’m home for the week. I know it’s mentally draining and I’ll probably feel it this evening but two weeks more will be fine.”

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