McGovern fires round of the day to sign off in style

Bernie McGuire

Brendan McGovern fired a superb 67, the joint-best round of the day, to sign off in style at the Paris Legends Championship.
Starting on the back nine, the Headfort professional fired three straight birdies from 12-14 before swapping a bogey with another gain on 18 to be out in 33.

His golf was steadier still on his inward half as McGovern took advantage of the two par-5s with birdie fours to be home in 34, his four-under-par tournament total good enough for a share of 18thposition.

In another strong showing for Brendan amongst the veterans, he collected a cheque worth €4,270 for the finish.

Gary Orr clinched the championship to record back-to-back victories on the Staysure Tour after carding a final round of 68, four-under-par.

Orr won his first title in 18 years at the Scottish Senior Open before claiming the victory at Racing Club de France La Boulie 26 days later, adding to his British Masters and Portuguese Open wins on the European Tour in 2000.

The Scot followed up his opening rounds of 71-65 with another sub-70 round, including a birdie-birdie finish to win the title by one shot ahead of Markus Brier and Jean-François Remesy.

Overnight leader Mark Mouland fell away at the start of the day as a chasing pack of Brier, Paul Eales, Orr and Remesy battled it out over the Golf de La Boulie course.

Orr birdied the fifth to move to nine under par, alongside the leading pack, but dropped back as he bogeyed the following hole. However, he remained patient and began his charged on the back nine with a gain at the 11thhole.

In the groups ahead of the Scot, Eales surged ahead but found the out-of-bounds on the last, signing for a double-bogey seven to drop back. While home favourite Remesy finished with back-to-back birdies to set the clubhouse target at 11-under-par.

With Brier joining Remesy in the clubhouse on 11-under-par following successive eagles on 17 and 18, Orr called upon his winning mentality to finish birdie-birdie and lift his second title on the over-50’s circuit in less than three weeks.

“It’s been a dream run since Willow,” he said. “I started to play well at Willow and I’ve carried that on with two wins in my last two tournaments, so I’m delighted.

“I tweaked my back at home in the week after the Scottish Senior Open, so I haven’t done an awful lot of practise. I didn’t play at Forest of Arden last week because it was still a bit sore, so I came here to see how it would hold up and it has worked out way beyond my expectations.

“I hadn’t won for 18 years since I played on the European Tour, but now it feels like I only had to wait a few days for the second win to come around. Golf is a bit like that, you never know what to expect.”

Brier and Remesy shared the runner-up spot, while James Kingston signed for a round of 69, three-under-par, to claim third with Eales and Paul Streeter sharing fifth.

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