Keeping Score

2020 Irish Open: South African, 2 Englishmen share lead

Dean Burmester, Aaron Rai and Jordan Smith shoot 5-under 65s at Galgorm Spa and Golf Resort in Northern Ireland

65: Scores for co-leaders Dean Burmester, Aaron Rai and Jordan Smith, who stood 5 under at the European Tour’s Irish Open on Thursday at Galgorm Spa and Golf Resort in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Burmester, 31, of South Africa, raced to 7 under through 12 holes but stumbled with a double bogey at the par-4 17th to shoot 65. By comparison, Englishmen Rai, 25, and Smith, 27, played bogey-free rounds as they grabbed shares of the lead. All are looking for their second victories on the tour. England’s Toby Tree stood fourth at 4-under 66. Irish amateur James Sugrue, the reigning British Amateur champion who missed the cut last week at the U.S. Open, and American John Catlin, who won his first European Tour title three weeks ago at the Andalucia Masters, were among five players tied at 3-under 67. Only 22 players broke par on a cloudy, breezy day, with temperatures in the low 50s at the resort located along the River Maine, about 30 miles northwest of Belfast. Among those who didn’t, Ireland’s Padraig Harrington shot 1-over 71 in his first competition in six months. Harrington, 49, whose three major championships include the 2007 and 2008 British Opens, won the 2007 Irish Open(scores).

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