Liam Grehan will be hoping for a similar ball striking display and a hotter putter when he tees up at the First Stage of DP World Tour Q-School after picking up his third PGA in Ireland win on Friday.
Grehan hit sixteen greens in regulation, rolling in birdies on the ninth and sixteenth to cancel out a bogey on the third to card a one-under 71 to win by the minimum at a rain sodden Portumna Golf Club.
Grehan was the only player to finish in red figures with Brian McCormack, Simon Thornton and newly crowned Irish Assistants champion Andrew Hickey sharing second place on level-par.
“I’m delighted I always enjoy Portumna I played Connacht Strokeplay over the years and anyone that asks me about it I always praise it, it’s a good test. It played really long yesterday I was clubbing up fifteen yards yesterday with all the rain and the ball wasn’t travelling too far.
“The ball was spinning back on the greens which was difficult to adjust to but I adjusted nicely and hit sixteen greens, could have been a little better to be honest but I was happy to finish under par. I didn’t think it would hold on but the rain was so steady all day and nobody could master it so I was happy to hold on.”
The K Club professional played his sixth round of golf in a week even with a day off and he will head to the First Stage of DP World Tour Q-School in Denmark in ten days feeling very sharp and eager to make the most of his opportunity.
“I’m excited my ball striking is really good, once I can get the putter a little hotter I’ll be happy. Going to have a look at the putter on Tuesday and hopefully that will be the catalyst to get my going. We have a pro-am on Tuesday which will be a nice competitive round under the belt before Q-School and we will go and see what happens.”