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Ireland’s Lawlor triumphs at European Association of Disabled Golfers final in Dubai

Irishman Brendan Lawlor poses with the trophy after winning the European Disabled Golfers Association final in Dubai by four strokes at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Gulf today, Journalist

Irishman Brendan Lawlor finished a strong individual year by winning the European Disabled Golfers Association (EDGA) Dubai final by four strokes at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Lawlor clocked a round of 73 on the Earth course for a winning total of one under par, pushing back the challenge of Canadian Kurtis Barkley for his third victory in the five-event series.

The 24-year-old held a two-stroke advantage overnight after opening with a 70-under-par on Friday, but after a nine-front, that lead was reduced to a single stroke on the 14th hole.

Barkley, who was two points ahead of the top nine, birdied in the tenth to apply some pressure at the top of the standings, moving to one over par as Lawlor came back to par due to three. bogeys and a birdie after the turn.

However, Barkley dropped shots on the 16th and 18th holes for a round of 75 to finish on three above par, while Lawlor birdied at the 15th and 17th either side of a bogey on the 16th. to get back into the red for the tournament, making it safely through the 18 to seal a four-stroke victory.

“Coming into the bottom nine I was actually pretty nervous because I knew I had a bit of a head start,” said Lawlor, who is now set to return to number one in the World Disabled Golfers Rankings (WR4GD). “It was down to two at a time and my putting wasn’t 100 percent, but I got the job done and that’s what matters.

“My hitting the ball has been amazing all week. The only bad shot I hit today was the 16th, I shot that one on the left but I’m going to get on my nerves. Probably the green tee which is the best I’ve ever played and I haven’t worked much on my game either. I have been suffering from a bad shoulder for six weeks and haven’t played, so that maybe it’s good to take a break sometimes and forget about the clubs. So, to come out this week and play well, I’m really excited.

Lawlor also won the first two tournaments of 2021, the EDGA Cazoo Open at Celtic Manor Resort and the ISPS HANDA World Disability Invitational in Massereene and Galgorm, Chris Biggins (USA) winning the EDGA Cazoo Classic and Kipp Popert winning the EDGA Hero Open.