Limerick's Cian McNamara claims Irish Open spot

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Limerick's Cian McNamara claims Irish Open spot

PGA in Ireland regional manager, Michael McCumiskey John Casey, Director, Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort Cian McNamara Colm Moriarty Neil O'Briain Simon Thornton Rosapenna 2018 captain, Liam Breen

Limerick golfer Cian McNamara will tee it up with the stars of World golf at next week's Irish Open at Ballyliffin Golf Club. The Ballyclough native claimed a spot in the tournament by placing fourth in the qualifier at Rosapenna Golf Hotel this evening. 

McNamara defeated Kevin Phelan in a playoff to secure his spot in the 5million euro prize fund Irish Open. The Monkstown Golf Club Pro shot a final round 73, to finish behind winner Simon Thornton, second placed Neil O'Briain and Colm Moriarty. 

McNamara won't have long to wait for his chance to play with the stars of Irish golf, as tomorrow (Monday) is the first official practice day for the Rory Foundation, Dubai Duty Free sponsored event. 

Former South of Ireland champion McNamara is no stranger competing in the Irish Open having teed it up alongside the top players on the European Tour on three previous occasion at Royal County Down in 2015, Carton House in 2013 and Fota Island in 2014.

Thirty two-year-old McNamara from Ballyclough turned professional in 2009. The four leading players each earned a place in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Ballyliffin with the winner,  Simon Thornton, collecting a first prize of €6000.