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Pole Adrian Meronk makes history. Antoine Rozner settles for 13th place

At 29, Adrian Meronk is writing the history of modern golf. By winning the Irish Open with a final score of -20 (268), he became the first Pole to win the DP World Tour. He will also be the first golfer from his country to start a British Open at St Andrews (July 14-17). In the fight to clinch one of the three places in play for the 150th The Open, Antoine Rozner, 71 (-1) today, finished in 13th place at -11 (277). Shame !

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Leader with a small point ahead at the start of this 4th lap, Adrian Meronk trembled for a long time before establishing his victory in this Irish Open 2022 on the last holes of the par 72 of the Mount Juliet Estate.

The Pole was indeed quickly heckled by several contenders for the title, like the inevitable Ryan Foxdecidedly untenable for long weeks on the DP World Tour. The New Zealander, author like Thursday of a 64 (-8) without error, thus found himself in the lead at the clubhouse at -17 (271).

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The South African Tristan Lawrencealso in Cannes this Sunday in Ireland, had the opportunity to join the Kiwi but his bogey on the very difficult par 4 of 18 forced him to finish alone in third place with a total score of -16 (272) .

Meronk, after a first round in 35 (-1) with two birdies for a bogey, really built his success on the last obstacles, slamming two consecutive birdies on holes 15 and 16 before achieving a sublime eagle on the par 5 of the 17 With three points ahead of the tee of 18, he could then largely manage his lead.

By signing a last par but above all a radiant card of 66 (-6), Meronk wins at -20 (268), three lengths ahead of Ryan Fox – who achieves his 5th top 3 here after his victory at the Ras Al Khaimah Classic in February, his three second places in Ireland, Dutch Open and at Soudal Open and his 3rd place BMW International Open – and four on this same Lawrence.

Adrian Meronk also takes the opportunity to enter with panache into the history of modern golf. He thus becomes the first Polish golfer to win the European Tour, also offering himself a first at theBritish Open after leaving theUS Open a month ago. Again, a first!

Meronk, Fox and Lawrence already qualified for The Open in less than a fortnight now (July 14-17 at St Andrews), the three tickets up for grabs this week are finally won by the Scot David Lawthe American John Catlin and the Paraguayan Fabrizio Zanottitied for fourth at -15 (273).

On the other hand, the chances of seeing a Frenchman accompany Victor Perez on the Old Course at St Andrews are dwindling day by day. Antoine Roznerninth on Saturday evening just three points from this famous “qualification”, failed to confirm after his magnificent 65 (-7) the day before.

Three more places in play for The Open at the Scottish Open

The Racingman has indeed alternated the good and the less good this Sunday going to -2 after ten holes and remaining for a time in contact with these three spots before cracking between 12 and 14 with three bogeys in a row. Despite a good reaction to 15 and 16 with two final birdies, Rozner had to settle for 13th place at -11 (277).

However, he will still have a chance to compete in this 150th The Open in history by taking part in the Genesis Scottish Open next Thursday at Renaissance Club in North Berwick. Three spots are once again in play (for non-exempt players finishing in the top 10). Not an easy task for the Frenchman who will have to compete with the best players on the planet.

The tournament, co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour, should be, it is true, “vampirized” by players from the US circuit. None of the residents of the current world top 10certainly already qualified for The Open, are not missing!

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