A frustrating bogey-bogey climax saw Cormac Sharvin denied his best finish on the European Tour since February as he ended the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in a tie for 33rd after a level-par 72 in his final round left him seven-under for the week.
It was still the Ardglass man’s best finish since the Austrian Open in mid-April, but in a year where Sharvin needs every point he can get in his bid to retain his Tour card for next season, this will be a real disappointment for him.
The 28-year-old is projected to move up to 146th in the Race to Dubai after rounds of 73, 67, 69 and 72 at Mount Juliet but needs to break into the top-115 if he is to keep his playing rights on Tour for next season.
In that regard, those two dropped shots could prove costly after Sharvin navigated his way into position to be the top Irish finisher of the week, with four birdies from the fifth to 12th taking him up to 10-under-par, but he couldn’t use that momentum to finish strongly, instead dropping a shot at the 13th and then finding two more bogeys at 17 and 18 for a gutting ending to his round.
The honour of being the best Irish finisher went to Shane Lowry, who closed out his tournament with an excellent six-under 66 to finish at nine-under, and the defending Open champion was thrilled to produce that performance ahead of his title defence at Royal St George’s in a week’s time.
“That’s probably why I’ve been so frustrated over the first few days, because I feel like I have had that round in me,” said the Offaly man, who also confirmed he will stay in Ireland this week to prepare for the final Major of the year.
“It was kind of my goal to go out this morning and shoot a good number, hitting some nice shots and being aggressive and making a lot of birdies, and that was kind of everything I wanted to do today. I did, and it’s a nice round to take into my week off now and get ready for The Open, I suppose.”
Meanwhile, Graeme McDowell suffered a difficult final round as he finished tied-56th at three-under after a two-over 74.
The Rathmore man, playing at the weekend for the first time in his last four events, didn’t make a birdie until the 15th after dropping three shots before that, and a closing bogey cancelled out another birdie at 16.
McDowell and Sharvin will both be in the field for this week’s Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club in Berwick aiming to qualify for The Open as one of the best three fi