A penultimate hole quadruple bogey left a sour taste in the mouth of Keith Egan after he dropped back to level-par at the halfway stage of the Flogas Irish Men’s Amateur Open Championship with a two-over 74.
It leaves the Carton House man on level-par for the championship but having been just two back of the lead on three-under standing on the 17th tee he was stinging slightly after a quadruple bogey eight scuppered his round. With minimal time to respond from such a sucker punch, he took his fury out on the downwind 18th and rolled in a 12-footer for a closing birdie to at least return half a grin to his face.
“Some very good and very solid golf and then some brain dead mistakes. Today was a lot trickier with the wind, it definitely picked up on our back nine and made some of the tee shots indecisive. But I’ve played well so far.
“I was so pissed off on the 18th tee that I just hit two good shots to 12 feet. Finished nice but I turned a very, very good round into a mediocre one but overall I’m still very happy.”
The 30-year-old put things into perspective and accepted that 74 was not a bad score given the tricky conditions but the circumstances upon which it came about annoyed him.
“If you gave me 74 this morning with a good wind off the left I would have taken it. But considering how I played it leaves a little sour taste but look you take what you’re given. The course is definitely trickier I’d say in the afternoon but I’m happy with how I played and hopefully I can shoot two good scores and see where it leaves me.”
Egan birdied 7 and 10 before bogeys on 11 and 13 left him where he started the day on -2. An excellent birdie from the right rough on 14 wrestled back the momentum for him.
“I missed it on the right on 14 and there is a little space between the fairway and the hazard, hit a great approach shot and took my chance. It’s one of those holes if you hit a good drive you fancy a birdie but if you gave everyone a par on the tee they would take it.”
At the time of writing, the personal trainer shares 12th place as the afternoon players approach the turn.
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