Raymond finishes in style to nab podium finish at Northern Ireland Open

Mark McGowan

Cameron Raymond (Photo by Patrick Bolger/Getty Images)

Cameron Raymond braved the difficult scoring conditions in style at Galgorm Castle to ghost into a tie for third place at -5, courtesy of a two-under closing round and take a cheque for £5,100 in the process.

After heavy rain massively disrupted the opening round, the second round was suspended for darkness, meaning that a large percentage of the field would have to return in the early hours before the cutline would be confirmed.

Michael Reid, Eoin O’Brien and Owen Crooks were among those who missed the cut by the minimum, and were part of a 15-strong Irish contingent who’d head home early.


Raymond lay tied for 14th at -2 when play resumed this morning and he’d pick up another stroke en route to completing his second round, and would follow up with a 68 in the final round that saw him card four birdies and two bogeys and post his best Clutch Pro Tour finish of the season.

John-ross Galbraith was the next best placed of the four Irish to make the cut after navigating his final 18 holes in one-under to reach the clubhouse at level par, while Liam Grehan and Daniel Mulligan both closed with rounds of 76 to finish on +3 and +4 respectively.

England’s Brandon Robinson Thompson came from behind to take the top prize of £15,000, though his final-round 69 required some help from the 36-hole leader Mitch Waite who endured a horror three-hole stretch that saw him drop six shots and eventually sign for a nine-over 79 to finish four strokes behind Robinson Thompson, and tied with Raymond on -5.


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