Lawlor shares second as Perrino prevails at Galgorm

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Lawlor shares second as Perrino prevails at Galgorm

Champion at Galgorm, Tomasso Perrino - Getty Images

Italy’s Tommaso Perrino stormed to his maiden G4D Tour title after securing a five-stroke victory at G4D @ ISPS HANDA World Invitational presented by AVIV Clinics.

The 38-year-old held a one-stroke lead over World Number One Brendan Lawlor at Galgorm Castle Golf Club after an opening four under par 68, and was in control throughout the final round in Northern Ireland as he carded a closing two under par 70.

The World Number Seven is a prolific winner on the golf for the disabled circuit and had made steady improvements during the 2022 G4D Tour season. He started his final round with birdies on the second and third holes, cancelling out an opening bogey, moving three strokes clear of Lawlor.

Perrino then birdied the ninth and tenth holes before his final gain of the day on the 12th, reaching eight under par. He carded bogeys on the 14th and 16th holes but held on to finish on six under par, five strokes ahead of Lawlor and two-time G4D Tour winner Kipp Popert.

“When I dreamed, I thought about this moment – this shows dreams can come true,” said Perrino. “Galgorm is one of my favourite courses, but it’s the house of Brendan, he’s the best player. But today I played perfectly. I missed some putts, but I controlled my game, this is unbelievable.

“Brendan is always competitive in every tournament and I knew it would take hard work to stay in front of him, but I started fast and remained in control at the finish. There was some pressure on the way in, dropping two shots, but it finished perfectly for me.”

Perrino was congratulated on the 18th green by his fellow competitors as he secured his first win on the G4D Tour.

“That was really important,” said Perrino. “I’m friends with all the players who I play with. I try to enjoy every moment of every day, and it’s important for me that we’re all friends. There’s not a bad word said between any of us.”

The Italian is one of three competitors who have now secured their place at the end-of-season G4D @ DP World Tour Championship. Perrino joins Popert, who won G4D @ Betfred British Masters hosted by Danny Willett and G4D @ Porsche European Open, and Mike Browne, who was victorious at last month’s G4D @ Horizon Irish Open.

Carton House’s Conor Stone tied the second best round of the day, firing five birdies in his one-over 73 to claim fifth place at eight-over.

The next G4D Tour event will take place ahead of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club from September 5-6.

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