Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Irish Open: Runner-up Anthony Wall happy to rough it in 'posh caravan'

Anthony Wall of England hits his tee shot on the 3rd hole during the Final Round of the 2012 Irish Open held on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club

There were no plush hotel suites for Irish Open runner-up Anthony Wall to break open the champagne in.

Instead, the Englishman was able to take refuge from the weather just a stone’s throw across the road at a £300-a-week caravan park, where he was sharing a caravan with Andrew Marshall.

The pair decided to forgo the luxury hotels and muck in together in a tin box with the rain rattling down on the roof — even though Wall has won more than £6m in prize money.

“It’s a posh caravan. It’s got running water and gas and a TV,” he explained.

“And I knew it would be a laugh sharing with Andrew Marshall.

“It’s been nice to relax because normally as a golf professional you seem to be on your own. This week, it’s actually been fun.”

Marshall joked: “The kettle’s been on full blast and romance is in full blossom.”

On Sunday Jamie Donaldson became the third Welshman to win the Irish Open after Ian Woosnam in 1988 and 1989 and Stephen Dodd in 2005.

The 36-year-old from Pontypridd has had to wait for his first European Tour win but took the honours after four rounds in the 60s and his best of the week 66 on Sunday.

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