THERE was a dramatic conclusion to the World Pitch & Putt Strokeplay Championships in Norway as Bruff’s Liam O’Donovan got the better of long-time leader and defending champion John Walsh of Cork after a sudden death playoff at the Imjelt course yesterday. Walsh was five clear ahead of yesterday’s Final Round but failed to improve on his score of 19 under par as O’Donovan shot seven under par in his closing round to force an initial three hole playoff with Walsh for the title.
Both players could not be separated after the three holes meaning sudden death which saw O’Donovan birdie the fourth to complete a remarkable come from behind victory. O’Donovan now has the unique distinction of being the current holder of the Irish, European and now World Strokeplay titles. Third place in the Scandinavian country went to Dubliner John Ross Crangle of Loughlinstown as the Irish Matchplay holder finished on 16 under par. Meath’s Eamon Gibney finished fifth a shot further behind. Other notable Irish scorers included Mark Millar in eighth on 14 under while Irish Open holder Frank Dineen and Listowel’s Declan McCarron both finished on nine under par for the tournament.
In the Ladies section Eleanor Walsh of Fermoy made it a double for the Irish, winning with a tournament score of four over par six clear of Tipperary Hills’ Breda White in second. A final round of one over par was a key feature of Eleanor’s win. The Seniors event saw the Irish just miss out on a treble however as Pacelli Darcy (also Bruff) was two shots of the winning score of Catalonia’s Amador Rodriguez Fernandes with a tournament total of 13 under par.
Click on the link below for details of how all the other players fared in Norway: