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GolfSixes 2018

DATES: May 05-06
SITE: Centurion Club, St Albans, England
PRIZE MONEY: €1,000,000

Day 2 - Team Ireland wins GolfSixes

May 06, 2018

Team Ireland won the second edition of GolfSixes in style as the team of Paul Dunne and Gavin Moynihan defeated Team France 2-0 in the final match of the innovative six-hole event at Centurion Club.

"Apart from the group match against France, I think we were three under or better in every match through six holes. We just played really solid all week. Gavin was hitting some amazing iron shots, and obviously the pivotal moment for us was him chipping in on the playoff against the South Koreans. But I'm not surprised, anybody who Gavin through amateur golf knows he chips in at least once a round. He was due one." - Paul Dunne - Ireland

Team Ireland wins GolfSixes, Gavin Moynihan and Paul Dunne, © Getty Images

The St Albans venue was bathed in glorious sunshine over the weekend as over 10,000 fans - more than double the 2017 figure - saw the European Tour break new ground once again as women's and mixed sides joined the 16 team field, with the England Women and European Women's teams both making it through to Sunday's knock-out stages.

Ireland met the England women's pair of Georgia Hall and Charley Hull in the quarter-finals, defeating them 2-0 and then secured their place against France in the final after defeating South Korea in a sudden-death play-off, with Gavin Moynihan chipping in from off the green after the teams finished their semi-final 1-1.

"We know each other's games so well and we're comfortable with each other. So, coming in, we had kind of had a game plan coming in and the course set up well for us, I think. We had fun. Honestly it was the best fun I've had on the golf course since I've turned pro. It was honestly a great few days." - Gavin Moynihan - Ireland

Ireland were birdie or better on 12 of the 17 holes they played on Sunday after finishing top of Group C. In fact, the only match Dunne and Moynihan lost all week was to the French team of Mike-Lorenzo Vera and Romain Wattel in Saturday's group stage.

The Irish pair - who played together in the victorious 2015 Walker Cup team - started quickly in the final, winning the first and third holes to forge an early 2-0 lead which the French were unable to pull back.

"Well, that was very tough. We feel that we played really badly but that they played better, that's the only thing. Congratulation to Ireland. We beat them earlier yesterday, but today, that was the damage. Well, that was really fun to play with Mike. Thank you, Mike. We really enjoy."

"I feel that I played two tournaments to be honest. Yesterday there was one and today there was another one. No, it was really fun to play a different format. Obviously more fan friendly. That was very cool." - Romain Wattel - France

Dunne claims his second victory on English soil in the last seven months, after winning the British Masters supported by Sky Sports in October, while it's Moynihan's first victory since joining the European Tour in 2016.

In the third/fourth place play-off game, Korea defeated last year's runners-up Australia 3-0.

Final
Match
Result
1
Ireland
Paul Dunne & Gavin Moynihan
vs
France
Romain Wattel & Mike Lorenzo-Vera
2-0
3rd/4th Place Play-off
Match
Result
1
South Korea
Jeunghun Wang & Soomin Lee
vs
Australia
Wade Ormsby & Sam Brazel
3-0
Semi-Finals
Match
Result
1
South Korea
Jeunghun Wang & Soomin Lee
vs
Ireland
Paul Dunne & Gavin Moynihan
*Won 1stPlay-off hole
1-1
2
Australia
Wade Ormsby & Sam Brazel
vs
France
Romain Wattel & Mike Lorenzo-Vera
1-3
Quarter-Finals
Match
Result
1
Thailand
Thongchai Jaidee & Kiradech Aphibarnrat
vs
South Korea
Jeunghun Wang & Soomin Lee
1-2
2
Ireland
Paul Dunne & Gavin Moynihan
vs
England Women
Georgia Hall & Charley Hull
2-0
3
Australia
Wade Ormsby & Sam Brazel
vs
EU Women
Mel Reid & Carlota Ciganda
2-0
4
England Men
Matt Wallace & Eddie Pepperell
vs
France
Romain Wattel & Mike Lorenzo-Vera
0-2

Day 1 - England Teams advance to knockout stages

May 05, 2018

The home sides stole the show in a thrilling day of GolfSixes action as England’s men and women both advanced to Sunday’s knockout stages at Centurion Club.

Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace defeated South Africa in their final match to top Group D, following Georgia Hall and Charley Hull who advanced on the holes won rule after a narrow defeat to Sweden just a few minutes earlier.

England Teams advance to knockout stages in GolfSixes, Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace, © Getty Images

“We had a good, tough match with the girls and were just relieved to not lose that. Then the second game, we played a bit scrappy at the end. But we really wanted to be here tomorrow, so now that we are, it's going to be great," said Eddie Pepperell.

The England women, who began their first GolfSixes experience with a draw against Pepperell and Wallace, will face Group C winners Ireland at the quarter final stage on Sunday. Meanwhile, a clash against the French pair of Mike Lorenzo-Vera and Romain Wattel awaits the England men.

"It's been great fun. I just feel good vibes from this event. It's really good because you see so many children and women and everyone around and the weather is perfect. I think it's a really good event for golf." - Charley Hull

The European Tour broke new ground yet again at the innovative event, with men's and women's teams, and a mixed pairing of Ryder Cup Captain Thomas Bjørn and his Solheim Cup counterpart Catriona Matthew, all taking part in a format which saw 16 pairs take each other on in greensomes match play over six holes in a round robin, with the top two teams in each group advancing to Sunday's quarter-finals.

England Teams advance to knockout stages, Georgia Hall and Charley Hull, © Getty Images

The European Women team of Carlota Ciganda and Mel Reid had earlier pulled off a memorable result, defeating defending champions Denmark in a play-off to finish second in Group A behind the Thai pairing of Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Thongchai Jaidee.

“A shame for Denmark to go out with a three putt on the last but we're very, very happy. It's great for women's golf. I think this is a huge opportunity to showcase women's golf. We don't get the coverage and we don't get as supported as I feel like we should. An event like this is huge for us. Hopefully a few more people will want to take up the game of golf now because they see how passionate we are about it. We have a lot of fun out there. I can't stop having fun with this one. That's what it's all about.” - Mel Reid

Australia’s Sam Brazel and Wade Ormsby won Group B to set up a quarter final clash with the European Women, while Thailand face an all-Asia clash against runners-up Soomin Lee and Jeunghun Wang of South Korea.

Group A
Pos.
Team
Played
Holes Won
Points
1
Thailand
3
7
6
2
EU Women
3
5
4
3
Denmark
3
5
4
4
USA
3
5
3
Group B
Pos.
Team
Played
Holes Won
Points
1
Australia
3
7
7
2
South Korea
3
6
5
3
Spain
3
6
3
4
EU Captains
3
2
1
Group C
Pos.
Team
Played
Holes Won
Points
1
Ireland
3
6
6
2
France
3
3
6
3
Italy
3
4
4
4
Scotland
3
1
1
Group D
Pos.
Team
Played
Holes Won
Points
1
England
3
4
5
2
England Women
3
5
4
3
Sweden
3
5
4
4
South Africa
3
5
3

 




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