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2020 Irish Open: American wins again on European Tour

John Catlin birdies 3 of his final 4 holes to rally to victory at the Irish Open, his 2nd triumph on the tour in the past 4 weeks

2: Number of victories in the past four weeks on the European Tour for American John Catlin, who won the Irish Open on Sunday in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Catlin birdied three of his final four holes at Galgorm Spa and Golf Resort to shoot 6-under 64 and watch his 10-under 270 total hold up. Catlin, 29, who grew up in Sacramento, Calif., and played college golf at New Mexico, won the Andalucia Masters on Sept. 6. “So many years of hard work that has gone into this moment,” Catlin said. “It was my goal to win again coming into this week, so to accomplish it was something special.” Catlin won four times on the Asian Tour in an 18-month span in 2018-19, earning status on the European Tour, where he has proved himself on the bigger stage. England’s Aaron Rai closed with an even-par 70 and finished second at 8-under 272. The Irish Open victory represents Catlin’s fifth top-10 result in nine starts since the European Tour resumed play in July after a four-month suspension because of the global coronavirus pandemic (scores).

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