Ireland lose ground as Monty blows title bid off course

Ireland fell flat in round three of the World Amateur Team Championship at Carton House, dropping from second to 12th as their title bid was blown off course.

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The home side finished one over for their round on the Montgomerie and at 18 under they now find themselves trailing leaders New Zealand by 12 shots. Having begun the day just one behind, medals are now a distant prospect with three teams – Spain, USA and Thailand – currently tied for second on 27 under.
To claim a podium place from this position would require something special although Portmarnock’s Conor Purcell, who battled back from three over to finish under par, is not discounting Ireland’s chances.
“We’re far from out of it,” Purcell insisted. “We just need to keep our heads up and a positive attitude going into tomorrow.”
The 21-year-old carved out a 71, Ireland’s best score, with three birdies in his last six holes. It might have been better too, Purell burned the hole with an eagle putt on 15, but after a dispiriting start he could not be discontent.
“I never really got it going,” he reflected. “I laid-up from a fairway bunker into a fairway bunker on five for a double. Followed that with a bogey on six. Par was in my head at that stage. Make my score count.”
A brave par-save on 12 from 30 feet after escaping the greenside bunker gave him some much needed momentum and he followed it with a birdie, getting up and down from the back of the 13th green. He scrambled smartly again at the next having missed the green on the short side before setting up an eagle shot on 15, lasering a 3-iron from 230 yards some 15 feet past the pin.
He had to settle for birdie when his ball kissed the edge and further chances were missed on 16 and 17. After pushing his second shot right, inches from the hazard, he played a delicate flop shot onto the green, and slotted the birdie from 18 feet.
“I think we need to stand back and just look at what we’ve done over the first two days,” said Purcell. “We put ourselves in with a shout and we’ve a great opportunity to go out there tomorrow and make plenty of birdies and catch up lots of ground.”
Team captain John Carroll echoed that rallying call.
“Nothing to lose tomorrow,” said Carroll. “A couple of 65 and 66s and see where it takes us. That’s what we have to do. You never know.”
Given that Ireland reached 19 under at halfway, the potential to go low is readily apparent. The 74s recorded by John Murphy and Robin Dawson in round three were out of sync with the rhythm they had found on previous days.
“We definitely have the firing power to shoot a couple of 63s or 64 or something like that,” said Dawson, sounding upbeat. “With me, it’s just a small tweak. If I get the putter hot I’ll go really low.”
Birdies are a prerequisite on the final day and Ireland will begin the fourth round at 12.48pm from the 10th tee on the O’Meara Course in the company of Scotland (T12) and Sweden (T15).
When asked what’s needed tomorrow, team coach Neil Manchip stated: “Fast start, fast middle and a fast end.”
Simple as it sounds, Ireland know how complicated it can get. Tomorrow is their last chance.
The World Amateur Team Championships are being hosted by the ILGU and GUI with support from Sport Ireland.
Round Three (Complete)
404 New Zealand (Ieremia 65, Mountcastle 70, Hillier 69)
407 Spain (Pastor 71, Del Rey 68, Hidalgo 66)
407 Thailand (Hamamoto 71, Kaewkanjana 75, Chothirunrungrueng 65)
407 United States of America (Morikawa 66, Suh 68, Hammer 72)
408 Denmark (Axelsen 74, Hojgaard 67, Hojgaard 70)
408 Italy (Manzoni 73, Mazzoli 66, Scalise 68)
412 Germany (Hammer 74, Long 66, John 69)
412 Norway (Hovland 65, Reitan 68, Volden 73)
413 Austria (Steinlechner 73, Regner 69, Lipold 69)
414 Canada (Bernard 71, Rank 71, Savoie 71)
415 England (Petrozzi 67, Waite 73, Jordan 70)
416 Australia (Lee 66, Micheluzzi 71, Wools-Cobb 71)
416 Ireland (Murphy 74, Purcell 71, Dawson 74)
416 Scotland (Lumsden 69, Scott 67, Walker 74)
417 Argentina (Schonbaum 76, Fernandez de Oliveira 71, Contini 68)
417 Sweden (Widing 70, Gillberg 76, Nilehn 73)
418 Republic of Korea (Choi 68, Jang 72, Oh 71)
418 Switzerland (Freiburghaus 70, Cohen 68, Ettlin 76)
420 Japan (Kanaya 67, Nakajima 72, Imano 75)
421 Chile (Morgan Birke 74, Errazuriz 72, Gana 69)
421 Wales (Chamberlain 70, Hapgood 72, Williams 75)
422 Poland (Pakosch 71, Pedryc 67, Szmidt 72)
423 Colombia (Ramirez Velandia 70, Restrepo 74, Ardila 69)
423 Czech Republic (Zuska 66, Hruby 73, Zach 75)
424 Netherlands (Ji 68, Kraai 77, van Tilburg 70)
425 Serbia (Cvetkovic 81, Dimitrijevic 70, Gudelj 73)
426 Belgium (Dumont de Chassart 69, De Bondt 72, de Wouters d’Oplinter 73)
426 India (Kaul 76, Bedi 79, John Thomas 69)
427 Singapore (Ho 78, Lee 72, Foo 67)
428 Costa Rica (Gagne 72, Chaplet 72, Ortiz 70)
429 Guatemala (Villavicencio Calderon 71, Castellanos Conde 69, Gurtner 74)
429 Peoples Republic of China (Chen 73, Liang 79, Zhang 70)
429 Portugal (Lopes 70, Girao 75, Lencart 73)
431 France (Gandon 74, Lacroix 74, Veyret 73)
431 Peru (Zubiate 78, Freundt-Thurne 72, Barco 71)
431 South Africa (Saulez 69, Nienaber 68, Mitchell 74)
432 Estonia (Hellat 72, Jegers 75, Turba 77)
433 Taipei, Chinese (Wang 67, Lai 71, Ho 69)
434 Finland (Mahonen 78, Honkala 70, Valimaki 69)
434 Hong Kong, China (Cheung 72, D’Souza 72, Ng 70)
434 Iceland (Sveinbergsson 75, Juliusson 68, Petursson 75)
435 Dominican Republic (Valverde A 81, Pena 77, Guerra 71)
435 Mexico (Pereda 75, Terrazas 74, Ortiz Becerra 70)
435 Venezuela (Garcia 71, Brauckmeyer 77, Prieto 79)
436 Puerto Rico (Esteve 71, Alverio 75, Morales 77)
439 Zimbabwe (Allard 73, Amm 79, Krog 77)
440 Slovakia (Brezovsky 69, Mach 75, Lucansky 81)
442 Bermuda (Dillas 71, Ming 79, Campbell 72)
442 Morocco (Id Omar 71, Raouzi 79, Dahmane 80)
443 Brazil (Ishii 77, Park 74, Machado 70)
446 Turkey (Esmer 83, Yamac 76, Acikalin 71)
449 Saudi Arabia (Almulla 78, Alsakha 78, Attieh 77)
450 Uruguay (Reyes 77, Teuten 78, Alvarez 74)
451 Luxembourg (Weis 77, Weis 72, Winandy 90)
452 Slovenia (Trnovec 72, Potocar 77, Burkelca 78)
453 Croatia (Buerk 74, Stepinac 79, Vucemil 80)
453 Qatar (Al Kaabi 75, Al Kuwari 77, Al Shahrani 74)
459 Panama (Ducruet 75, Cargiulo 77, Ordonez 76)
460 Liechtenstein (Schredt 77, Schreiber 73, Schredt 79)
460 Malta (Borg 79, Critien 81, Micallef 77)
461 Cayman Islands (Hastings 74, Wight 80, Jarvis 80)
465 Guam (Camacho 76, Manalo 86, Poe 82)
465 United Arab Emirates (Al Jasmi 80, Skaik 77, Thabet 81)
466 Republic of Moldova (Coica 80, Volostnykh 76, Podgainii 91)
467 Bulgaria (Marinov 74, Savov 78, Staykov 79)
481 Lithuania (Vaicius 91, Momkus 83, Markevicius 71)
493 Ghana (Angel 85, Dogbe 79, Kusi-Boateng 89)
497 Nigeria (Thompson 88, Inalegwu 80, Thompson 92)
509 Haiti (Brandt 91, Saint-Fort 90, Mehu 82)
520 Iraq (Al-Hashimi WD, Barnouti 96, Radee 77)
551 Gabon (Illien 92, Perez Ayo 88)
564 Armenia (Balyan 97, Karakhanyan 90, Saghatelyan 101)

201 T Kanaya (JPN), 66M, 68O, 67M; D Ieremia (NZL), 70O, 66M, 65M;
202 A Del Rey (ESP), 70O, 64M, 68M;
203 D Hillier (NZL), 69O, 65M, 69M;
204 C Morikawa (USA), 72M, 66O, 66M; J Suh (USA), 69M, 67O, 68M;
205 A John (GER), 69M, 67O, 69M; L Scalise (ITA), 68M, 69O, 68M; R John Thomas (IND), 64O, 72M, 69M; G Petrozzi (ENG), 70O, 68M, 67M; P Cohen (SUI), 65O, 72M, 68M;
206 M Lee (AUS), 72M, 68O, 66M; G Foo (SGP), 70M, 69O, 67O; N Regner (AUT), 70M, 67O, 69M; A Pedryc (POL), 71M, 68O, 67M; S Kaewkanjana (THA), 66O, 65M, 75M; W Chothirunrungrueng (THA), 75O, 66M, 65M;
207 R Dawson (IRL), 65M, 68O, 74M; J Axelsen (DEN), 64M, 69O, 74M; L Lipold (AUT), 69M, 69O, 69M; R Lumsden (SCO), 71M, 67O, 69M;
208 N Hojgaard (DEN), 71M, 70O, 67M; R Hojgaard (DEN), 68M, 70O, 70M; J Ji (NED), 70O, 70M, 68M; M Fernandez de Oliveira (ARG), 68O, 69M, 71M; V Hovland (NOR), 70O, 73M, 65M; A Hidalgo (ESP), 73O, 69M, 66M; J Garcia (VEN), 68O, 69M, 71M;
209 C Purcell (IRL), 69M, 69O, 71M; J Savoie (CAN), 71M, 67O, 71M; S Mazzoli (ITA), 79M, 64O, 66M; M Contini (ARG), 73O, 68M, 68M; K Reitan (NOR), 71O, 70M, 68M; T Widing (SWE), 71O, 68M, 70M;
210 P Lencart (POR), 67M, 70O, 73M; B Gudelj (SRB), 70M, 67O, 73M;
211 I Ramirez Velandia (COL), 70M, 71O, 70M; A Dumont de Chassart (BEL), 71M, 71O, 69M; H Bernard (CAN), 74M, 66O, 71M; G Rank (CAN), 68M, 72O, 71M; S Scott (SCO), 73M, 71O, 67M; O Gillberg (SWE), 70O, 65M, 76M;
212 C Ardila (COL), 73M, 70O, 69M; H Choi (KOR), 71M, 73O, 68M; L Gagne (CRC), 73M, 67O, 72M; J Guerra (DOM), 70M, 71O, 71M; J Hapgood (WAL), 72O, 68M, 72M; 212 J Zuska (CZE), 74O, 72M, 66M;
213 A Juliusson (ISL), 73M, 72O, 68O; S Jang (KOR), 73M, 68O, 72M; J Murphy (IRL), 69M, 70O, 74M; S Wools-Cobb (AUS), 72M, 70O, 71M; A Id Omar (MAR), 74M, 68O, 71O; L Barco (PER), 70M, 72O, 71M; A Errazuriz (CHI), 68M, 73O, 72M; W Wang (TPE), 76M, 70O, 67O; M Waite (ENG), 70O, 70M, 73M; M Jordan (ENG), 73O, 70M, 70M; J Volden (NOR), 72O, 68M, 73M; B Chamberlain (WAL), 69O, 74M, 70M; J Freiburghaus (SUI), 72O, 71M, 70M;
214 D Micheluzzi (AUS), 69M, 74O, 71M; C Hammer (USA), 71M, 71O, 72M; M Saulez (RSA), 70M, 75O, 69O; S Zach (CZE), 69O, 70M, 75M;
215 A Ortiz Becerra (MEX), 72M, 73O, 70O; D Gurtner (GUA), 71M, 70O, 74O; M Steinlechner (AUT), 73M, 69O, 73M; V Veyret (FRA), 70M, 72O, 73M; H Zhang (CHN), 71O, 74M, 70M; F Nilehn (SWE), 74O, 68M, 73M;
216 J de Wouters d’Oplinter (BEL), 73M, 70O, 73M; S Oh (KOR), 67M, 78O, 71M; H Long (GER), 74M, 76O, 66M; M Dimitrijevic (SRB), 78M, 68O, 70M; E Walker (SCO), 73M, 69O, 74M; F Lacroix (FRA), 70M, 72O, 74M; K Hamamoto (THA), 74O, 71M, 71M; V Pastor (ESP), 70O, 75M, 71M;
217 P Chaplet (CRC), 77M, 68O, 72M; C Hellat (EST), 75M, 70O, 72M; M Honkala (FIN), 72M, 75O, 70O; W Nienaber (RSA), 73M, 76O, 68O; G Morgan Birke (CHI), 72M, 71O, 74M; N van Tilburg (NED), 75O, 72M, 70M;
218 M Hammer (GER), 77M, 67O, 74M; P Mach (SVK), 73M, 70O, 75O; M Alverio (PUR), 71M, 72O, 75O; S Valimaki (FIN), 76M, 73O, 69O; P Freundt-Thurne (PER), 74M, 72O, 72M; T Gana (CHI), 80M, 69O, 69M; T Williams (WAL), 73O, 70M, 75M; P Hruby (CZE), 73O, 72M, 73M; M Cheung (HKG), 75O, 71M, 72O; T Ng (HKG), 73O, 75M, 70O; J Dillas (BER), 72O, 75M, 71O;
219 A De Bondt (BEL), 74M, 73O, 72M; J Turba (EST), 73M, 69O, 77M; P Pakosch (POL), 71M, 77O, 71M; K Mountcastle (NZL), 73O, 76M, 70M;
220 V Lopes (POR), 72M, 78O, 70M; P Castellanos Conde (GUA), 78M, 73O, 69O; D Amm (ZIM), 68O, 73M, 79O;
221 G Sveinbergsson (ISL), 74M, 72O, 75O; A Villavicencio Calderon (GUA), 75M, 75O, 71O; L Acikalin (TUR), 75M, 75O, 71O; H Machado (BRA), 75O, 76M, 70O; J Allard (ZIM), 73O, 75M, 73O; Y Chen (CHN), 77O, 71M, 73M; L D’Souza (HKG), 73O, 76M, 72O;
222 B Petursson (ISL), 74M, 73O, 75O; M Brezovsky (SVK), 75M, 78O, 69O; R Pereda (MEX), 73M, 74O, 75O; D Lee (SGP), 77M, 73O, 72O; D Imano (JPN), 71M, 76O, 75M; J Gandon (FRA), 75M, 73O, 74M; Y Ho (TPE), 76M, 77O, 69O; K Kaul (IND), 73O, 73M, 76M; L Park (BRA), 73O, 75M, 74O;
223 A Ortiz (CRC), 76M, 74O, 73M; R Pena (DOM), 71M, 75O, 77M; K Jegers (EST), 73M, 75O, 75M; O Almulla (KSA), 73M, 72O, 78O; G Manzoni (ITA), 73M, 77O, 73M; C Lai (TPE), 77M, 75O, 71O; E Liang (CHN), 72O, 72M, 79M; L Ettlin (SUI), 73O, 74M, 76M; G Weis (LUX), 75O, 76M, 72O; L Buerk (CRO), 73O, 76M, 74O; E Schreiber (LIE), 76O, 74M, 73O;
224 J Esteve (PUR), 74M, 79O, 71O; F Alvarez (URU), 75M, 75O, 74O; J Szmidt (POL), 78M, 74O, 72M; A Schonbaum (ARG), 76O, 72M, 76M; G Markevicius (LTU), 77O, 76M, 71O;
225 E Restrepo (COL), 73M, 78O, 74M; A Girao (POR), 71M, 79O, 75M; R Camacho (GUM), 75M, 74O, 76O; T Yamac (TUR), 74M, 75O, 76O; A Bedi (IND), 74O, 72M, 79M; W Campbell (BER), 72O, 81M, 72O;
226 K Attieh (KSA), 77M, 72O, 77O; M Reyes (URU), 73M, 76O, 77O; M Trnovec (SLO), 78O, 76M, 72O; D Volostnykh (MDA), 71O, 79M, 76O; S Al Kaabi (QAT), 72O, 79M, 75O;
227 S Zubiate (PER), 75M, 74O, 78M; K Brauckmeyer (VEN), 77O, 73M, 77M;
228 A Terrazas (MEX), 81M, 73O, 74O; J Hastings (CAY), 78O, 76M, 74O; K Al Jasmi (UAE), 73O, 75M, 80O; C Weis (LUX), 75O, 76M, 77O;
229 E Morales (PUR), 79M, 73O, 77O; 229 V Mahonen (FIN), 75M, 76O, 78O; J Ho (SGP), 76M, 75O, 78O; N Teuten (URU), 75M, 76O, 78O; J Ducruet (PAN), 79O, 75M, 75O;
230 K Burkelca (SLO), 77O, 75M, 78O; M Ordonez (PAN), 77O, 77M, 76O;
231 D Cvetkovic (SRB), 77M, 73O, 81M; S Dahmane (MAR), 75M, 76O, 80O; D Ishii (BRA), 77O, 77M, 77O; S Krog (ZIM), 74O, 80M, 77O; V Marinov (BUL), 81O, 76M, 74O; A Al Shahrani (QAT), 76O, 81M, 74O;
232 S Kraai (NED), 74O, 81M, 77M; V Potocar (SLO), 75O, 80M, 77O; I Vucemil (CRO), 73O, 79M, 80O;
233 A Alsakha (KSA), 77M, 78O, 78O; M Stepinac (CRO), 76O, 78M, 79O;
234 E Valverde A (DOM), 77M, 76O, 81M; R Critien (MLT), 75O, 78M, 81O; J Micallef (MLT), 76O, 81M, 77O; A Jarvis (CAY), 79O, 75M, 80O;
235 A Borg (MLT), 81O, 75M, 79O;
236 O Raouzi (MAR), 74M, 83O, 79O; H Esmer (TUR), 78M, 75O, 83O; M Ming (BER), 77O, 80M, 79O;
237 P Wight (CAY), 82O, 75M, 80O; R Staykov (BUL), 77O, 81M, 79O; A Skaik (UAE), 83O, 77M, 77O;
238 J Mehu (HAI), 79O, 77M, 82O;
239 B Lucansky (SVK), 80M, 78O, 81O; L Cargiulo (PAN), 83O, 79M, 77O; F Schredt (LIE), 77O, 83M, 79O;
240 A Coica (MDA), 83O, 77M, 80O; J Al Kuwari (QAT), 86O, 77M, 77O;
241 D Poe (GUM), 80M, 79O, 82O;
242 A Radee (IRQ), 85O, 80M, 77O;
243 E Prieto (VEN), 82O, 82M, 79M;
244 Y Dogbe (GHA), 82O, 83M, 79O;
246 R Manalo (GUM), 82M, 78O, 86O; S Schredt (LIE), 79O, 90M, 77O; G Inalegwu (NGR), 81O, 85M, 80O;
248 D Winandy (LUX), 76O, 82M, 90O;
249 A Angel (GHA), 82O, 82M, 85O; D Savov (BUL), 82O, 89M, 78O;
251 S Thabet (UAE), 87O, 83M, 81O;
256 O Thompson (NGR), 85O, 83M, 88O;
259 D Momkus (LTU), 86O, 90M, 83O;
260 A Illien (GAB), 84O, 84M, 92O;
262 J Thompson (NGR), 80O, 90M, 92O;
270 K Kusi-Boateng (GHA), 90O, 91M, 89O;
275 L Karakhanyan (ARM), 91O, 94M, 90O;
276 A Podgainii (MDA), 85O, 100M, 91O;
277 R Saint-Fort (HAI), 88O, 99M, 90O;
279 M Brandt (HAI), 95O, 93M, 91O;
281 L Barnouti (IRQ), 93O, 92M, 96O;
289 R Balyan (ARM), 84O, 108M, 97O;
291 D Perez Ayo (GAB), 109O, 94M, 88O;
326 A Saghatelyan (ARM), 103O, 122M, 101O;
NC M Mitchell (RSA), 78M, WDO, 74O; K Nakajima (JPN), WDM, WDO, 72M;
WD H Al-Hashimi (IRQ), 90O, 103M, WDO;
NC M Vaicius (LTU), 84O, WDM, 91O;