Phelan to employ Merion tactics in Carton effort

Waterford Castle amateur Kevin Phelan is ready to give a US Open encore in this week’s Irish Open in Kildare.

Having produced a sensational performance to make the cut at Merion, the Florida-based 22-year old is hoping the sensible, no-nonsense approach that paid dividends in Philadelphia will work again at Carton House as well as in next week’s local final qualifying for the British Open at Muirfield.

Joined in the field by Welsh amateur Rhys Pugh and Irish team-mates Gavin Moynihan and Reeve Whitson, Phelan said: “I am going to just do the same thing I did at Merion and hit one shot at a time and see where it takes me.”

Having finished tied for fourth in the European Individual Amateur Championship on the Montgomerie Course last August, Phelan is confident he can do well on the same track this week.

But for last year’s Irish Amateur Open champion Moynihan, it is simply a bonus to be in the field having completed his Leaving Certificate only last Tuesday.

“I played for the Island in the Barton Shield on Sunday and we lost to Portmarnock so I’ve only played about four rounds this month and hardly any golf at all since the Irish Amateur Open,” Moynihan said.

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