Sugrue cut at Portrush and misses out on Silver Medal goal

Republic of Ireland's James Sugrue on the 18th during day two of The Open Championship 2019 at Royal Portrush Golf Club. (Photo by Richard Sellers/PA Images via Getty Images)

Amateur Champion Sugrue was left to rue a lost ball on the treacherous par-4 14th that cost him a treble-bogey 7. Although at times it looked like the plus-two brigade might make it through, the Mallow man was regrettably sure in his post-round interview that unless a tornado blew through Dunluce, he was resigned to going home.

“I’m happy with the way I played, really,” Sugrue reflected. “I definitely didn’t deserve triple on 14. Maybe bogey. But I still can’t believe that no one saw that ball.

“I was happy with the way I played coming in. I had a good chance on 18, just sat on the lip. The goal, really, this week was to get the silver medal and make the cut. But, yeah, a bit disappointed obviously. But that’s golf.”

Sugrue now turns his focus to a Walker Cup panel practice on Monday before he returns to Lahinch the following week for the South of Ireland Championships.

Playing alongside Sugrue, local resident Clarke also racked up a disastrous triple-bogey 7 to miss out by two strokes at three-over par while two-time Champion Golfer, Harrington also missed out by two despite his best efforts in carding a one-under par 70 this afternoon.

Home hopes now rest with the leader, Shane Lowry and of course McDowell to rescue the fairy-tale ending for Royal Portrush.

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