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Ireland's Dunne and Moynihan combine for GolfSixes success

Ireland’s Dunne and Moynihan combine for GolfSixes success

Ireland's Paul Dunne and Gavin Moynihan defeated France's Mike Lorenzo-Vera and Romain Wattel to win GolfSixes at the Centurion Club.
 

What happened on the final day at GolfSixes?

The Irish duo of Paul Dunne and Gavin Moynihan brushed aside the competition to be crowned GolfSixes champions at the Centurion Club.

After topping their group on Saturday, Ireland eliminated the England Women in the quarter-finals, came through a tough match with South Korea in the semi-finals, and then defeated the French team of Mike Lorenzo-Vera and Romain Wattel to lift the trophy.

It was fitting that the best team over the two days ended up winning. Indeed, Dunne and Moynihan played their final 21-holes in 17-under-par.

We haven’t seen much of Moynihan in his limited professional career to date, and entering this week, his form wasn’t a pretty sight. Having missed the last ten cuts, he came up with perhaps the biggest moment of the day in the tight semi-final match with South Korea. With the two teams tied in regulation, Moynihan chipped in for birdie on the extra hole, and the Koreans had no answer.

And so they marched on into the final with France – the team that had defeated them earlier in the tournament at the group stages.

But they had no such problems this time around, as the Irish only needed five holes to win 2-0. Of course, it helped that they played those five holes in five-under par, after going birdie-birdie-eagle-par-birdie.

In the third-placed playoff match, Jeunghun Wang and Soomin Lee of South Korea defeated Australia 3-0.

Talking point

The two women’s teams lit up the opening day of GolfSixes, but both failed to advance from the quarter-finals.

Nevertheless, the introduction of the women to a European Tour event was an undisputed success. Charley Hull and Georgia Hall combined for the tie of the tournament with England’s Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace on the opening day, while Mel Reid and Carlota Ciganda dispatched of the defending champions Denmark.

It has been discussed plenty of times in recent memory, but surely a full mixed team event needs to happen sooner rather than later.

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