Irish quartet break par but McClean best of all in South Africa

Matthew McClean (Photo by Richard Heathcote/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Malone’s Matthew McClean signed off with a one-under par round of 71 to take the leading Irish honours as the South African Stroke Play Championship came to a close at Randpark Golf Club.

The Irish international, who edged towards a top-10 result with a moving day 66, had to settle for a share for 14th after threatening more having burst out of the blocks with three birdies in his first four holes on Thursday.

At nine-under par, McClean will be encouraged ahead of the start of the domestic season in Ireland but he’ll likely be wondering how he finished 18 strokes off the winning score after scorching numbers were posted around Firethorn.


Durban’s Jonothan Broomhead breezed through to take the honours, usurping compatriot Christiaan Mass with a final round 66 for a 27-under par 72-hole winning total.

Castle’s Robert Moran was next best of the Irish contingent, bookending his tournament with four-under 68s for a seven-under par tally and a tie for 21st.

Galway’s Liam Nolan also signed off in style with a three-under par round of 69 for a four-under tally and a share of 28th with Carton House’s Marc Boucher making it a full house for the Irish breaking par on the final day with a rock-solid two-under 70 for a tie for 33rd at minus-two.

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