McNulty takes top-10 honours in mixed Irish week

Mark McNulty raced home with a flawless five-under-par round of 67 to claim top Irish honours amongst the seniors at the Travis Perkins Masters in Woburn.

 

The smooth swinging Irish/Zimbabwean finished the tournament in a share of 7th on minus three with just ten players managed to break par for the week at Woburn Golf Club.

Des Smyth was the tenth; the veteran firing six birdies in a roller coaster round of golf that snuck him into the red for the week at one-under-par.

Headfort’s Brendan McGovern managed his first under-par round of the week with a final round 71 to finish in a share of 14th at plus one.

While Phillip Walton (+8) and Eamonn Darcy (+19) completed the Irish line-up.

At the top, Paul Streeter held his nerve to complete a stunning wire-to-wire victory at the by posting a final round one-over-par 73 to finish on 12-under at Woburn. He was pushed all the way by an inspired Clark Dennis who carded a six-under-par 66 to finish on ten under in second place, two shots behind the winner.

But the day – and the week – belongs to Streeter after equalling Colin Montgomerie’s tournament record of 12 under at the Travis Perkins Masters on his first visit to the Duke’s Course.

The Englishman started with a birdie at the second to settle his nerves but a bogey on the seventh meant he made the turn in 35, while Dennis began closing the gap with a four under 31. The 2017 Order of Merit winner continued to apply the pressure with a two under par 35 on the back nine, but Streeter kept him at arm’s length to win by two shots.

The Travis Perkins Masters is the 51 year old’s maiden Staysure Tour title and he was visibly delighted to join the winners’ circle.

“It was one of the longer rounds of golf but I’m absolutely over the moon,” he said. “I played nicely today; I felt very nervous before I teed off but once I got that tee shot away off the first, I felt alright. I played with two great guys, so it was very relaxed out there.

“When I played a practice round earlier in the week, I thought ‘crikey, I’d take anything under par round here’.

“So when I shot six under and seven under, I really didn’t see that score out there. I played great all week, so I can’t complain.”

The victory wasn’t as comfortable as it might have been; Streeter had a seven-shot lead going into the final round and although he couldn’t increase the advantage, he was pleased with how he held off the threat of Dennis.

“It seemed like every hole Clark kept holing putts for birdies,” he said. “But then when I hit it in the rubbish on the 13th, I holed about a ten-

footer for bogey, which was massive.