Keeling goes close to Scottish and Welsh double but must settle for third

Ronan MacNamara

Sean Keeling (Photo by Mark Runnacles/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Given how prolific he has been in 2023 it will probably be seen as a failure but Roganstown’s Sean Keeling continued his sensational form with a third place finish at the Welsh Men’s Open Strokeplay.

Keeling was just two shots off the pace after a birdie on the first and a bogey on the sixth saw him turn in 35.

The teenager put on a charge on the back nine in difficult conditions with a birdie on 13. Dropped shots on 15 and 16 were followed by a much-needed birdie on 17 which kept him in the hunt.


Unfortunately, Keeling would not taste victory for the fifth time this year after a chastening double-bogey closed out his round and dropped him out of a share of the lead.

England’s Milan Reed pipped fellow countryman Robert Holden in a playoff after the pair were tied on three-over.

In the end, it was a final round 72 and a five-over total.

Baltinglass golfer Joseph Byrne was only five shots behind entering the final round and he claimed a share of eleventh place after a 75 gave him a ten-over total.

Patrick Keeling was three shots further back in fifteenth on thirteen-over-par.

Gweedore’s Padraig O’Dochartaigh secured a top-30 spot with a 76 for a seventeen-over total.

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