A 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.
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.