Cormac Sharvin made the most of his invite to the Saudi International, banking his biggest cheque since a career-best result at the 2019 Irish Open at Lahinch.
The Ardglass professional improved as the week went on in the desert, getting to grips with the Royal Greens course on his seasonal reappearance before signing off with a two-under par round of 68. Three birdies on Sunday saw Sharvin rise to seven-under par, finishing the event in a tie for 21st spot and taking home a cheque worth €31,700 for the effort.
“It’s a solid start to 2021,” said Sharvin. “It was a bit of a weird week. I caught a bit of a stomach bug on Wednesday and didn’t even know if I was going to play on Thursday. I was really struggling and pretty close to pulling out during the round but managed to grind out a level par in tough conditions. Felt a bit better on Friday, still not great but felt a good bit better on the weekend.”
“To birdie three of the last four on Friday to make the cut was great and just to get four rounds of golf in after the way I was feeling too was a bonus. I went to Dubai a week before, bought a GC Quad launch monitor so was able to get a lot of work done with distances which helped me a lot and it was probably the best prepared I felt for a tournament in a while.”
The 28-year old led home the Irish challenge with Shane Lowry coming unstuck on Sunday, dropping six places down the board to a share of 29th at six-under par after managing just one birdie in a one-over round of 71. It’s another solid result for Lowry to add to his tied-27th result the week before in Dubai but he’ll be hoping for much more to force his way into the reckoning for a place on Padraig Harrington’s Ryder Cup team. While in the defence of his Saudi title, Graeme McDowell carded a final round 68 for a one-over tally and a share of 66th place.
Finau marked his debut in Saudi Arabia with a tie for second place on 13 under par with England’s Rose, whose joint runner-up result is his best European Tour finish since he won the 2018 Turkish Airlines Open. A shot further back in a tie for fourth place on 12-under par was Scotland’s Calum Hill, who secured his best European Tour result to date, and France’s Perez, whose challenge was effectively ended by a double bogey five on the 16th as he signed for a 69.
The triumph is Johnson’s first victory since winning his first Green Jacket at the Masters Tournament in November and continues his excellent record in Saudi Arabia after winning the maiden edition of the event in 2019 before finishing second to Graeme McDowell in 2020.
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