McBride pipped at the post as he settles for runner-up on Alps Tour

Paul McBride (Photo by Oliver Hardt/Getty Images)

Paul McBride dropped three shots in his last four holes as he came up just short at the Aravell Golf Open on the Alps Tour.

McBride double bogeyed the par-3 15th hole and bogeyed the par-3 17th as Italy’s Manfredi Manici birdied 15, 16 and 17 to win by the minimum on fifteen-under-par.

The back nine has been McBride’s friend this week and it seemed to be again as he carded three birdies in a row on 11, 12 and 13 to assume control of proceedings in the final round but a faltering finish meant he was forced to settle for second place on fourteen-under after a closing 69.


The Island professional held a two shot lead heading into the final round while Manica came from the pack with a closing 66 for his maiden Alps Tour win.

“Today is a very emotional day, especially my back nine,”said the Italian. “I believe the key was to stay patient. I struggled with my putting on the first few holes but hit some great shots. Paul was playing great and I didn’t think I had a chance. On the 15thhole when I saw Paul struggled I managed to birdie and started to believe I had a chance. I went on to birdie 16 and 17 and tried to par 18th and see what happened.”

When asked about what this win means to him, he added: “This obviously means the world to me. It’s a short season so every tournament is important this season and after this win the rest will be even more important as I now want to be in the top 5 at the end of the season.”

Ronan Mullarney kept up his Order of Merit bid with a closing 66 to take 13th place on five-under with James Sugrue two shots further back after a 72.

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