Dubai Duty Free Irish Open R4

Catlin captures second title

September 24-27
Galgorm Castle Golf Club, Ballymena, Northern Ireland
€ 1,250,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Irish Open 2020 R4 - Catlin captures second title
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John Catlin overturned a four-stroke deficit at Galgorm Castle Golf Club, firing a sublime final round 64 to win his second European Tour title of the season at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.


“It’s pretty hard to describe. So many years of hard work have gone into this moment. It was my goal to win again at the start of this week, to have accomplished it is something truly, truly special.

“I had nothing to lose. I was going after every flag, I had good numbers and the greens were soft. So I started taking aim and hit a couple in there close. I made a long one on 15 and that three wood on 18 was so satisfying. It was 268 yards to the hole, cold and damp. To just hit a big high draw in there like I know I can, under those conditions, really is hard to put into words.”



The American, who held off the challenge of former World Number One Martin Kaymer to win the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters earlier this month, started the day four strokes behind 54-hole leader Aaron Rai but quickly moved up the leaderboard as he made the turn in three under par.

“(Winning at Valderrama) was massive,” said Catlin. “You never know if you’re going to win or not, to get that monkey off my back at Valderrama really freed me up today to know I could do it. Be able to look myself in the mirror and tell myself that I’ve been here before and I can do it again.


“I’ve always wanted to play in the Majors, that’s the only level of golf I haven’t played at. Hopefully one day I can win one of those as well. To have gotten inside that top 100 is a big leap forward.”

A bogey on the 13th, his only dropped shot in 27 holes, was cancelled out by a long birdie putt on the 15th which drew him level with Rai on eight under. He pulled clear after another gain on the 16th hole and then signed for a ten under par total after a stunning three wood from 268 yards left him with an easy two putt for his seventh birdie of the day at the last.

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Rai birdied the 17th to move to nine under, needing a birdie to force a play-off, but an errant second shot found trouble on the left hand side of the green and a dropped shot handed Catlin his second victory in four weeks – elevating him to 14th in the Race to Dubai presented by Rolex in the process.

“I’m feeling a little bit disappointed,” said Rai. “I can’t hide that. But I played solid for most of the week and 18 was just one of those things. It’s golf, and it happens, but John played incredibly well today and deserves it.



“It’s nice this week, it’s the first time I’ve been in contention throughout the whole week and stayed there. There’s a lot of positives to take, I felt like I handled myself well on the outside and, more importantly on the inside, a lot more positives than negatives to take out of this week.

“I didn’t really look (at the leaderboard) around 14 and 15. I was aware coming off 17 what the situation was, but that was it all day. I wasn’t trying to focus on the leaderboard. I was quite aware of what was happening then.” 

Australian Maverick Antcliff and Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond shared third place on seven under par, while the Swedish duo of Joakim Lagergren and Oscar Lengden finished tied for fifth.

Irish Open 2020 R4 - Catlin captures second title
Sinéad El Sibai, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Dubai Duty Free, with John Catlin. (Getty Images)


Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free, offered his congratulations to John Catlin and also said : “Despite the fact that this tournament was played behind closed doors there was certainly no shortage of excitement on the golf course. It is great to see golf returning and we would like to thank the players, the European Tour and the team at Galgorm Castle Golf Club for their hard work.

“This has been a challenging year for everyone but we are happy to have retained our sponsorship support for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open despite the challenges. This sponsorship promotes our brand to a huge TV audience and helps promote the fact that Dubai is very much Open for Business .”




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
John Catlin
-10
67
70
69
64
270
2
Aaron Rai
-8
65
70
67
70
272
T3
Maverick Antcliff
-7
70
65
68
70
273
T3
Jazz Janewattananond
-7
68
70
66
69
273
T5
Joakim Lagergren
-6
70
66
71
67
274
T5
Oscar Lengden
-6
67
71
66
70
274
T7
Lucas Herbert
-5
71
67
67
70
275
T7
Jordan Smith
-5
65
71
70
69
275
T7
Fabrizio Zanotti
-5
70
72
70
63
275
10
Adrian Meronk
-4
71
69
70
66
276
T11
Justin Harding
-3
68
69
69
71
277
T11
Scott Hend
-3
68
69
70
70
277
T11
Joost Luiten
-3
71
70
69
67
277
T14
Richard Bland
-2
72
67
71
68
278
T14
Laurie Canter
-2
73
67
68
70
278
T14
Ewen Ferguson
-2
70
67
70
71
278
T14
Daan Huizing
-2
70
69
70
69
278
T14
Rikard Karlberg
-2
67
75
65
71
278
T14
Masahiro Kawamura
-2
74
71
66
67
278
T14
Ben Stow
-2
70
75
67
66
278
T14
Toby Tree
-2
66
70
69
73
278
22
Dean Burmester
-1
65
71
68
75
279
T23
Marcus Armitage
E
69
71
71
69
280
T23
Adri Arnaus
E
73
69
73
65
280
T25
Craig Howie
1
73
71
68
69
281
T25
Robert Rock
1
69
67
78
67
281
T25
Jason Scrivener
1
73
69
74
65
281
T28
Joachim B. Hansen
2
72
72
68
70
282
T28
Calum Hill
2
70
70
73
69
282
T28
Antoine Rozner
2
73
72
66
71
282
T28
Jack Senior
2
70
73
66
73
282
T28
Clement Sordet
2
70
70
74
68
282
T33
Richie Ramsay
3
71
74
68
70
283
T33
Matthew Southgate
3
74
70
73
66
283
T35
Alejandro Cañizares
4
71
72
71
70
284
T35
David Law
4
69
69
76
70
284
T35
Martin Simonsen
4
68
75
74
67
284
T35
Lars van Meijel
4
71
71
73
69
284
T39
Steven Brown
5
71
74
71
69
285
T39
Dave Coupland
5
72
69
73
71
285
T39
Sean Crocker
5
72
67
74
72
285
T39
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
5
69
71
74
71
285
T39
Oliver Farr
5
70
70
76
69
285
T39
Jake McLeod
5
70
73
74
68
285
T39
Garrick Porteous
5
73
71
71
70
285
T39
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
5
73
72
71
69
285
T39
Dale Whitnell
5
71
72
72
70
285
T48
George Coetzee
6
71
73
71
71
286
T48
Julien Guerrier
6
68
70
74
74
286
T48
Wilco Nienaber
6
70
72
72
72
286
T51
Lucas Bjerregaard
7
68
74
70
75
287
T51
Mathieu Fenasse (a)
7
72
72
73
70
287
T51
Stephen Gallacher
7
67
74
70
76
287
T54
Wil Besseling
8
74
71
73
70
288
T54
Jonathan Caldwell
8
71
70
73
74
288
T54
Scott Jamieson
8
69
76
75
68
288
T54
Niklas Lemke
8
68
74
75
71
288
T58
Aaron Cockerill
9
75
70
71
73
289
T58
Max Schmitt
9
73
72
73
71
289
T60
James Morrison
10
72
69
73
76
290
T60
Mark Power (a)
10
74
71
73
72
290
T60
Romain Wattel
10
74
71
75
70
290
T60
Darius van Driel
10
73
70
75
72
290
T64
Damien Mcgrane
11
70
74
75
72
291
T64
Shubhankar Sharma
11
72
72
76
71
291
66
James Sugrue (a)
12
67
72
73
80
292
67
Ross McGowan
13
73
71
76
73
293
68
Joël Stalter
15
74
70
74
77
295
T69
Richard McEvoy
16
72
72
73
79
296
T69
Colm Moriarty
16
75
69
73
79
296
CUT
Ashley Chesters
6
79
67
146
CUT
Nicolas Colsaerts
6
73
73
146
CUT
Padraig Harrington
6
71
75
146
CUT
Søren Kjeldsen
6
76
70
146
CUT
Tyler Koivisto
6
73
73
146
CUT
Francesco Laporta
6
73
73
146
CUT
Damien Perrier
6
71
75
146
CUT
Kristoffer Reitan
6
72
74
146
CUT
Callum Shinkwin
6
72
74
146
CUT
Lee Slattery
6
72
74
146
CUT
Graeme Storm
6
70
76
146
CUT
Jeff Winther
6
77
69
146
CUT
Ashun Wu
6
76
70
146
CUT
Michael Campbell
7
75
72
147
CUT
David Drysdale
7
73
74
147
CUT
Garrick Higgo
7
68
79
147
CUT
Jbe Kruger
7
73
74
147
CUT
Shane Lowry
7
75
72
147
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
7
74
73
147
CUT
Carlos Pigem
7
74
73
147
CUT
Bernd Ritthammer
7
74
73
147
CUT
Julian Suri
7
71
76
147
CUT
Matthew Baldwin
8
73
75
148
CUT
Wade Ormsby
8
70
78
148
CUT
Steven Tiley
8
75
73
148
CUT
Paul Dunne
9
75
74
149
CUT
David Horsey
9
76
73
149
CUT
David Howell
9
72
77
149
CUT
Benjamin Poke
9
76
73
149
CUT
Connor Syme
9
71
78
149
CUT
Liam Johnston
10
74
76
150
CUT
Mikko Korhonen
10
72
78
150
CUT
Zach Murray
10
74
76
150
CUT
Ryan Fox
11
78
73
151
CUT
Tom McKibbin
11
73
78
151
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
11
74
77
151
CUT
Marc Warren
12
74
78
152
CUT
Daniel Young (a)
12
75
77
152
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
13
75
78
153
CUT
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
13
78
75
153
CUT
Min Woo Lee
13
75
78
153
CUT
Robin Roussel
14
75
79
154
CUT
Oliver Fisher
15
78
77
155
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
15
75
80
155
CUT
Haydn Porteous
16
74
82
156
CUT
Cormac Sharvin
17
83
74
157
CUT
Andrea Pavan
19
83
76
159
WD
Sebastian Soderberg
4
74
74
WD
Johannes Veerman
13
73
56
129
WD
Yikeun Chang
10
76
57
133
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