Kearney takes rough Dutch finish on the chin

by Gazette Reporter
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ROYAL DUBLIN GC star Niall Kearney took a bogey-bogey finish on the chin and vowed not to give up in his quest for his European Tour card after finishing tied 12th behind an emotional Kristoffer Broberg in the Dutch Open, writes Brian Keogh. 

Tied eighth overnight, the Royal Dublin man (33) was on course for his third top-10 finish in the season when he holed a bunker shot for eagle at the 12th and birdied the 16th to get to 14-under PAR.

But while he dropped shots at the par-three 17th and the par-five 18th to card a one-under 71, his 12th place finish still catapulted him up 10 spots to 118th in the Race to Dubai, leaving him just inside the all-important top 126.

“Today was a bit frustrating,” Kearney confessed after winning €14,948 to take his season’s winnings to €170,412. “I gave myself a lot of chances, but the putter was very cold, unfortunately. 

“I made a great eagle out of the bunker on 12 and made a great birdie on 16. I had chances all the way. Unfortunately, I finished bogey-bogey, which was disappointing.”

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There are just five events remaining before the cards are decided, and Kearney will be hoping to play the Alfred Dunhill Links and three events in Spain before the final counting Portugal Masters. 

“I don’t really know what my schedule is going to be like,” he said. “I have category 22, so it is hard to plan. Hopefully, I am going to get some more starts because obviously, I am chasing a card. 

“It’s great to have another positive week and it has been a positive season overall. So hopefully, I can get a couple more chances to seal the deal.”

He finished 11 strokes behind Broberg (35), who admitted he had endured “six years of hell” before battling his way back to triumph at Bernardus.

A maiden winner in 2015, the Swede played just 11 events between 2018 and 2020 after suffering a series of hip and knee injuries.

Caption: Royal Dublin GC’s Niall Kearney in actioN at the Dutch Open in Broberg last week. Photo:Sportsfile

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