O’Rourke best of the Irish as Burnage takes the spoils on Clutch Pro Tour

Mark McGowan

Conor O'Rourke (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Conor O’Rourke closed out the Clutch Pro Tour’s season-opening event with a two-over 74, seeing the K Club professional end the week in a tie for 26th at six-over, one ahead of Clontarf’s Eoin O’Brien.

Held at the Jack Nicklaus designed St. Mellion Golf Club in Cornwall, scoring proved tough all week with just a dozen players breaking par in the opening round, just two in red figures after round two, and the same total under par after the third and final round.

O’Rourke carded five bogeys and three birdies in his closing effort, while Eoin O’Brien matched O’Rourke’s final round to finish one stroke further back in a tie for 31st at +7. O’Brien began brightly, but a costly triple-bogey on the 18th – his ninth – did the damage.


Jason Murphy struggled in his final round as the Dundalk man dropped to 51st on the leaderboard with a closing 79.

England’s Jake Burnage fired a four-under 68 to leapfrog the 36 hole leaders and take the £8,000 first prize cheque, playing the final 11 holes in -5 to take a one shot victory over 2020 Amateur Championship winner Joe Long with the trio of Wales’ James Frazer, and Englishmen Nick Marsh and Joe Brooks one further adrift at level par.

Jordan Risdale fired the joint lowest round of the week, his closing 67 seeing him join the six-strong group who tied for sixth place at +2.


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