Friday, August 7, 2015

Neil O'Briain Ties Second at PGA Assistants' Championship

Ireland's Neil O'Briain fired a final round 69 to snatch a share of second place in the Galvin Green PGA Assistants' Championship at Coventry Golf Club.

The Old Conna Golf Club assistant, who finished fourth last year, shared runners up spot with former European Tour player David Griffiths behind champion Jack Harrison.

O'Briain admitted he was disappointed to miss out on the £5,000 but Wildwood Golf and
Country Club-based Harrison sealed a commanding four shot victory after rounds of 68, 68 and 67 put him 16-under for the £33,5000 tournament.

The 28 year old O'Briain however took plenty of positives from his performance and is aiming to return to make it third time lucky next year.

"I battled all the way, I played quite well but just didn't' convert as much I needed to," he said.

"I put myself into one spot of bother on 14 and hit a miraculous shot out of the trees and birdied 15 thinking here we go, maybe I can get up to 14 or 15 under but at the end of the day I'm happy with how I played.

"I was fourth last year, tied second this year so next year logic dictates I should be up there so I'm delighted. Obviously I'm a little disappointed to come so close and not come away with it but it's a learning curve.

"I was actually tied with Jack last year going into the last six holes but made bogey, bogey on 14 and 15. I thought here we go again, so I said to myself 'man up' and hit a great shot out of the trees, made my par and stripped one into 15 which has been a bit of a nemesis for me. And the last few holes I gave myself some great chances but nothing dropped. That's just the way it is but I really enjoyed it."

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