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Hassan Trophy: Triple bogey hell for Darren Clarke

By William S Callaghan

A stunned Darren Clarke is picking up the pieces today after the Dungannon man's dramatic fall down the field at the Hassan Trophy in Morocco over the weekend.

After two opening rounds of 69, Clarke was just one shot off the lead going into the weekend but he endured a horror round on Saturday — hitting two triple-bogeys on his way to an 81.

There was no recovery from the former Ryder Cup star as he finished the tournament on seven over in second last position, 20 shots behind the winner David Horsey of England.

Peter Lawrie, leader after day one, and Michael Hoey were the leading Irishmen as they both walked away with cheques of €16,320 (£14,500) each after finishing in a share of 19th position on five-under. Damien McGrane finished joint 60th on two-over, with Paul McGinley a further shot behind.

Horsey had to overcome Rhys Davies and Jaco Van Zyl in a three-man play-off to win the trophy in Agadir. The Englishman's second European Tour title came after a drama-packed final hole saw the trio go into a three-way play-off.


Ireland finished a highly creditable fifth in the European Nations Cup at Sotogrande in Spain at the weekend .

With three of the four cards counting on each of the days the Irish ended the 72-hole contest with an aggregate of 870, some 18 strokes behind England who won the title for the third consecutive year.

Ballymena teenager Dermot McElroy ,the hugely-talented Irish Boys international, failed in a gallant bid to take individual honours as he slipped a little in his final round.

McElroy ended with a lack-lustre 76 following his two 69s and 71. He was somewhat wayward from the tee and his short game was not good as it had been earlier in the week.

Nevertheless he finished on 285, tying for third place.

Banbridge's Rory Leonard left his best until last returning a final round 67 for a 304 aggregate,the same as Irish champion Alan Dunbar while Paul Cutler of Portstewart ended on 295.

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