Classy Cork golfer James Sugrue is a cut above at the Irish Open

Classy Cork golfer James Sugrue is a cut above at the Irish Open

James Sugrue of Ireland tees off on the 18th hole at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Galgorm. Picture: Warren Little/Getty Images

JAMES Sugrue made it through the cut at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open this morning. 

The Mallow man returned to the course this morning with two holes to play after play was suspended due to darkness on Friday night. Sitting on level par after 34 holes, Sugrue was virtually assured of making the cut. He parred the 17th and finished the 18th in style with a birdie. 

Sugrue is four shots off the lead which is held by Aaron Rai and Maverick Antcliff.

Sugrue is playing in his fourth European Tour event, and this is the first time that he has made the cut. Playing at the weekend is another step in his progress. 

Although his plans to turn pro will have to wait until after his Masters appearance in November, access to top class tournament golf is exactly what he needs to progress. 

Sugrue’s amateur schedule was disrupted meaning he was short of tournament practice for much of the summer.

The 24-year-old amateur became the first Cork golfer to make the cut at an Irish Open in over 20 years. 1998 was the last time that a Corkman featured in the weekend shake-up, when John McHenry went on to finish third.

Sugrue’s birdie on the last elevated him to inside the top twenty and he’s the best placed Irish golfer. Just five Irish golfers made the cut, including Kilkenny’s Mark Power who made it to the weekend on the cut mark of +5.

Sugrue is back on the course at lunchtime today, he’s out with English duo Richard Bland and Marcus Armitage. As the event is being held behind closed doors, there’s no opportunity for supporters to travel to Galgorm for the final two rounds. 

Conor Dowling is the only other person from Cork, Dowling has caddied for James in all of his tour appearances.

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