Moran makes solid start Down Under at Master of Amateurs

Ronan MacNamara
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Robert Moran (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

Castle’s Robert Moran is back in action this week as he gets what could be a very fruitful 2023 campaign underway at the Australian Master of the Amateurs, and he has made a solid start with a one-under 71.

The Dubliner, who was named on the 19-man Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup panel last month, is in a share of 24th place with John Gough storming into a three shot lead after a superb eight-under 64 at Southern Golf Club.

Moran (23) started well, picking up two birdies in four holes before dropping one at the par-4 8th hole.

A third birdie of the day arrived on the tenth hole and he carded a two on the par-3 16th which was sandwiched between bogeys on the 15th and par-5 17th as he fell seven shy of England’s Gough.

Gough, whose father hails from Co. Meath, was in a league of his own, carding nine birdies and just the one dropped shot to take a three-shot lead into round two.

The Englishman, who reached the semi-final of the Amateur Championship, raced into the lead thanks to four successive birdies from the 14th.

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