Purcell keeps momentum going with top-5 finish at Sokhna

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Purcell keeps momentum going with top-5 finish at Sokhna

Conor Purcell (Photo by Luke Walker/Getty Images)

Portmarnock’s Conor Purcell picked up another valuable result with a top-5 finish as his great start to the new Alps Tour season continued at the Red Sea Little Venice Open.

Entering the week in flying form after a second place finish at the Ein Bay Open, the Dubliner hit his stripes once more, saving his best round of the tournament ‘til last with a bogey-free six-under 66 to share fifth at 14-under.

Purcell’s six final round birdies was an impressive haul but he finished the event 10 shots adrift of a remarkable winner as 17-year old French amateur Oihan Guillamoundeguy signed off with a stunning 63 to claim a crushing eight-shot win at Sokhna Golf Club.

“This victory is incredible,” said Oihan. “I can’t even believe it yet.

“The main goal was to stay focussed on my game and I managed to do it very well , I just scored 2 bogeys in 3 days! I putted very well throughout all the three rounds.

“Today, as always, I’ve been asking my father for some advice on the greens and he helped me to hole some putts, too.”

Guillamoundeguy, a first-time winner on a professional tournament (one of the youngest winners of all time), left Spaniard Jorge Maicas, 24 , 8 strokes back (-16, 68-66-66). Maicas scored a very solid 3rd round in 66 strokes with 7 birdies and just 1 bogey.

As for the rest of the Irish in the field, David Carey broke 70 for the third time this week, signing off with a four-under 69 for a share of 26th at 10-under.

Simon Bryan closed with five birdies in a two-under 70 to tie 35th at minus-eight. Naas pro Jonathan Yates also posted five birdies in his 70 to share 40th at six-under while The Island’s Paul McBride rounded up the Irish scoring with a final round 74 for a five-under tally and a tie for 46th.

The Alps Tour Season will move in the next few days to New Giza Golf Club, close to Cairo, to host the New Giza Open 2022 from March 4th to March 6th. This tournament was last held in 2019 when Italian pro Lorenzo Scalise won thanks to a total score of -14.

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