McBride saves best round til last to grab top-15 finish on Alps

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Paul McBride was delighted to cap his latest Alps adventure with a five-under par round of 67 as he enjoyed a top-15 finish at the Red Sea Little Venice Open in Egypt.

The former Walker Cup star saved his best round of the week til last, posting six birdies and just a single dropped shot to bolt up the leaderboard at Sokhna Golf Club.

“It was a good day, five-under so nice to finish off the trip with that,” McBride reflected.

“I played solid golf throughout the three rounds. I could’ve been up there competing if I had got it going those first two rounds but happy with my progress through the days.

“It’s been a decent start to the year.”

With the Alps Tour schedule now looking sparse until April 20th’s Alps de Las Castillas, McBride is biding his time for more events to appear in order to continue his momentum after early season progress on the Alps and MENA Tours.

McBride’s six-under par tally was eight shots back of a four-way tie for top spot on 14-under par, but it was the best the Irish could muster with Mallow’s James Sugrue signing off with an even par effort for a one-under total and a tie for 38th.

At the top, Spain’s Quim Vidal came through the playoff to take the title and the €5,800 first prize cheque.

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