Turner finishes 4th in Ballykisteen, Europro Tour

Great National Hotels Irish Masters, Ballykisteen Golf & Country Club, Friday 12th May 2017A cold putter cost Niall Turner today in the final round of the Great National Hotels Irish Masters at Ballykisteen.  The overnight leader bounced back from a double on the first, and despite giving himself plenty of chances on the greens he couldn’t covert the birdies chances.  Turner finished in a tie for fourth place as all of the leaders struggled to match the scoring of the first two rounds.  Despite the missed chances the Muskerry golfer was withing a shot or two of the lead for much of the round, and when a bogey on the 12th brought him back to -9 it looked as if the win was out of reach.  The Asian Tour member rallied with birdies on the 16th and 18th and that brought him back to -11 and he took home just over €2,000 for his week in Tipperary.

Gallery: Great National Hotels Irish Masters Final Round

Waterville’s David Higgins had a great start and was -4 for his opening eight holes which saw him jump up the leaderboard to within one shot of the lead.  He saved par on the 9th after taking a penalty drop and despite making a great putt the momentum seemed to go.  He missed a birdie putt on the 10th and dropped a shot 12th.  He was disappointed to drop a shot on the last when he failed to get up and down from the sand on the par five.  Higgins finished in the top 20 but only took home €600.  Cian McNamara was also unable to improve his position after a one under par 71, he finished on -5 while Limerick’s Tim Rice was one behind on -4 after a disappointing 74.