Route 66 for Brazill in Toro Tour opener

Ronan MacNamara

Robert Brazill (Photo: Cashman Photography)

Robert Brazill is the leading Irishman in the latest Toro Tour Winter Golf Series in Atalaya after a superb five-under-par 66. The Naas man is currently in a share of fifth place, four shots off the lead held by Scotland’s Gegor Graham. 

The Toro Tour Winter Golf Series is a schedule of events for both professionals and elite amateurs with Irish international Brazill in a share of third in the amateur section with Graham still on top. 

Two shots back in fifth place in the amateur leaderboard is Roganstown’s Sean Keeling after a three-under 68 and ninth overall, while his brother Patrick is on one-under after a 70 and is 18th overall and 10th in the amateur category. 

Brazill’s 66 included seven birdies and a double bogey on the par-4 8th hole and he is in a great position with two rounds to play. 

The Connacht Strokeplay champion opened his account with back-to-back birdies before adding another brace on the sixth and seventh. 

After doubling the 8th, he steadied himself with five successive pars before three birdies in his last five holes saw him power towards the clubhouse in a very encouraging start. 

Roganstown’s Keeling recovered from a nightmare start to move into the mix. Keeling finished second in last week’s Toro Tour event and the Ulster and Connacht Boys Champion came roaring back on the back nine. 

Having briefly recovered some damage with a birdie on the par-5 6th, the teenager went on a birdie barrage with four on the bounce from the 12th before adding another on 18 for gloss. 

Patrick Keeling also had to come back from the depths after a horror triple bogey seven to open his round. Having birdied the third, he turned under par after a hat trick of birdies before the turn and that’s how he finished with two birdies and two bogeys on the back nine. 

Gweedore’s Padraig O’Dochartaigh is in the middle of the pack in 13th in the amateur category after a boring round in comparison to his compatriots. Just two bogeys and one birdie saw him sign for a one-over 72.  

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