Paul McBride (The Island) is the last Irishman standing after a tough day at at Royal St. George’s & Princes.
Early on Thursday all eyes were on Caolan Rafferty who had been in blistering form having been the leading qualifier from the stroke play rounds and in the morning he faced Argentina’s Alejandro Tosti in the last 32 round. It was an epic battle which went as far as the 25th hole before Tosti emerged victorious and ended Rafferty’s run.
As the results rolled in from the morning session it was only Paul McBride who survived from the three remaining Irish players as Stuart Grehan (Tullamore) lost by one hole to Ryan Lumsden from Royal Wimbledon and joined Rafferty on the sidelines.
McBride then went on to face Jack Singh Barr and the Irishman went one up on the first and never looked back as he kept his nerve ad maintained his lead throughout the match to win one up..
McBride now takes on England’s Harry Ellis in the quarter finals this morning.
Best of luck Paul.