Mullarney recovers to join Hurley as Carey goes low at Alps opener

by | Feb 19, 2020 | 0 comments

Ronan Mullarney (Photo by Luke Walker/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

John Craven

Must Read

Rookie Ronan Mullarney continued to tip along nicely after recovering from a nightmare start to his second round at the Alps Tour season opener – the Ein Bay Open in Egypt.

The Galway man, who made his professional debut at Alps Tour Q-School in December, added an even par effort to his opening three-under par round of 69 on a tougher scoring day on Wednesday.

Indeed, Mullarney felt the wrath of the course from the off with a driving wind making the first hole a very different proposition to what it was on day one while the second is a testing par-4 at the best of times.

“It played straight into the wind on the first,” said Mullarney. “It’s only 400 yards, it’s usually a smooth drive over the bunker and a wedge or nine-iron in and I hit driver four-iron. I still three-putted though so I can’t blame the length of the hole!

“The second’s a tough hole and I made a mess of that but I played nicely after that because the head was a bit scrambled,” he added after opening bogey/double-bogey to get his second round underway.

“It was really windy – it was tough. It was like playing the West of Ireland, just a little bit warmer! I played nicely though, it could’ve been better as I still missed a few putts coming in but it wasn’t easy out there so I’m happy with level par.

“I’m looking forward to playing tomorrow,” he added. “Myself and Gary [Hurley] are playing together – about 10am our time which is 8am your time – so that should be fun and hopefully there’ll be plenty of birdies between us and we can move our way up the leaderboard.”

Mullarney’s three birdies after a rough start moved into a tie for 8th at minus-three alongside final round playing partner, West Waterford’s Gary Hurley who had to work hard to return a two-over par 74.

Hurley had been quick out of the blocks, putting a good pre-season to use in an opening 67 but needed to hang tough on day two after carding two bogeys and a double amongst his 18 holes.

Where some struggled, Castleknock’s David Carey soared in matching Hurley’s score of the opening day, a five-under 67 to reignite his chances.

For the second day running, the big-hitting Dubliner eagled the par-5 17th and added a further four birdies with just the one dropped shot to get to two-under par and inside the top-15 ahead of the final day.

With the cut falling at two-over par, Peter Dallat made it on the number after struggling to a 76 after a promising two-under start.

However the 36-hole chop saw Naas pro Jonathan Yates (75,77) and Michael Dallat (74,81) fall well short of the required mark.

Full scoring HERE

 

Stay ahead of the game. Subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest Irish Golfer news straight to your inbox!

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Stay ahead of the game. Subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest Irish Golfer news straight to your inbox!

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Latest News