City of Derry’s Sean Morrison succeeded were fellow Ulsterman Rory McIlroy failed — by winning a major tournament at St Andrews.
The psychology student shot a 69 on the Old Course to win the Boyd Quaich tournament at the weekend.
“I was three behind going into the final round, so I knew I had to get off to a good start,” said Morrison (pictured).
“I turned in 32 and I knew I was in the lead and then just wanted to hang on.”
In the end he could afford a trip to the tarmac on the iconic 17th Road Hole, which led to a double-bogey six and another dropped shot at the last and still win by two from Stirling’s Sean Thompson.
Morrison’s opening 32 — four under par — included birdies at the first, fourth and sixth and eagles at the fifth and the ninth.
More birdies followed at the 10th, 12th and 14th and at that point he was an incredible ten under on the round — and although he stumbled over the tough closing holes, he was too far in front to be caught.
The tournament — named after the Boyd brothers, two St Andrews students who were killed in World War II — is a competition for college students and Morrison has just completed his first semester at Marion University, Florence in South Carolina. The competition is played over the Old and New Courses and it was the first time Morrison had played either.