McIlroy gets over putting problems to advance

Rory McIlroy shrugged off some putting problems to cruise into the last 16 of the Radisson-SAS West of Ireland Championship at Rosses Point.

Rory McIlroy shrugged off some putting problems to cruise into the last 16 of the Radisson-SAS West of Ireland Championship at Rosses Point.

The 17-year-old Holywood hotshot was five under par as he beat Portmarnock's David Kelleher by 2 and 1 in the first round.

But he was unhappy with his form on the greens in a 3 and 2 second round victory over Galway's Eddie McCormack and immediately headed for a practice session with Irish coach Neil Manchip.

"I played pretty well this morning, but not this afternoon," McIlroy said. "I didn’t commit to my putts on the greens so I just asked Neil for a quick lesson.

“It is more about attitude than mechanics and I was trying to guide the ball to the hole rather than letting the putter come through naturally.”

McIlroy, who is now just four wins away from a hat-trick of West of Ireland titles, will face Rory Leonard of Banbridge in the third round.

The biggest surprise of the day was a 5 and 3 second defeat for international Shane Lowry at the hands of big hitting Michael Lavelle of the K Club.

However, leading qualifier Simon Ward, came back from three down after four holes to beat Holywood's Harry Diamond by two holes.

Radisson-SAS West of Ireland Amateur Open Championship

1st rd:

(1st quarter)

W McCulley (Donaghadee) bt G Hall (Edenderry) 3/1;

J Hurst (Shaw Hill, UK) bt G Boyd (Donaghadee) 2/1;

D Coyle (Co Louth) bt D Scully (Galway) 19th;

D Crowe (Dunmurry) bt S Grant (Birr) 2/1;

N Gorey (Lee Valley) bt D Finn (Mallow) 2/1;

G McDermott (Co Sligo) bt M Hammond (Moyola Park) 2/1

E Saxel (Petersfield, UK) bt R McNamara (Headfort) 3/2;

T McGowan (Strandhill) bt N Kearney (Royal Dublin) 20th.

(2nd quarter)

L Lennox (Moyola Park bt D Vaughan (Ardglass) 5/4;

P Cutler (Portstewart) bt J P Hughes (Douglas) 2 holes;

B Walton (UCD/Island) bt E Kennedy (Strabane) 6/5;

C Doran (Banbridge) bt G O’Connor (Malahide) 2/1;

T Walsh (Claremorris) bt K O’Neill (Strandhill) 1 up;

R Leonard (Banbridge) bt M Crowe (Elm Park) 1 up;

E McCormack (Galway) bt G O’Flaherty (Cork) 2 up;

R McIlroy (Holywood) bt D Kelleher (Portmarnock) 2/1.

(3rd quarter)

S Ward (Co Louth) bt A Condren (Greystones) 4/3;

H Diamond (Holywood) bt P Killeen (Claremorris) 19th;

D Lernihan (UCD/Castle) bt D Morgan (Mullingar) 4/3;

B Cashman (Belvoir Park) bt P Sheehy (Limerick) 3/2;

R Kilpatrick (Banbridge) bt D Coyne (Tuam) 1 hole;

C Curley (Newlands) bt A McCloy (Ballymena) 2 holes;

P Connolly (Clontarf) bt D Sutton (Lockerbie, UK) 19th;

D Downie (Sutton) bt J Moore (L’town & B’town) 6/5.

(4th quarter)

S Lowry (UCD/Esker Hills) bt D Kneafsey (Sudbury, UK) 6/5;

M Lavelle (K Club) bt N Grant (Knock) 1 hole;

J Lyons (Galway) bt P McGrath (Dromoland) 4/3;

R McCarthy (The Island) bt E O’Sullivan (The Island) 3/2;

P Murray (Limerick) bt R Boal (Scrabo) 3/2;

C Hughes (Royal Portrush) bt P Errity (Delgany) 2/1;

A Dunbar (Rathmore) bt A Johnston (North Middlesex, UK) 1 hole; A Hogan (UCD/Newlands) bt C O’Connor (UCD/Athlone) 2/1.

2nd rd:

1st quarter

J Hurst bt W McCulley 5/4;

D Crowe bt D Coyle 3/2;

N Gorey bt G McDermott 3/2;

T McGowan bt E Saxel 2/1

2nd quarter

P Cutler bt L Lennox 5/3;

B Walton bt C Doran 3/2;

R Leonard bt T Walsh 2/1;

R McIlroy bt E McCormack 3/2.

3rd quarter

S Ward bt H Diamond 2 holes;

D Lernihan bt B Cashman 1 hole;

R Kilpatrick bt C Curley 3/2;

D Downie bt P Connolly 1 hole.

4th quarter

M Lavelle bt S Lowry 5/3;

J Lyons bt R McCarthy 2/1;

P Murray bt C Hughes 4/3;

A Hogan bt A Dunbar 2/1.

3rd rd draw (8.0 am at 10 minutes intervals)

J Hurst v D Crowe;

N Gorey v T McGowan;

P Cutler v B Walton;

R Leonard v R McIlroy;

S Ward v D Lernihan;

R Kilpatrick v D Downie;

M Lavelle v J Lyons;

P Murray v A Hogan.

Quarter-finals (From 1 pm, 15 minute intervals).

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CourtsGolfHeathrowPlace: Rosses PointPlace: UKPlace: Co LouthPlace: GalwayPlace: DunmurryPlace: Co SligoPlace: Moyola ParkPlace: Petersfield, UKPlace: StrandhillPlace: DublinPlace: ArdglassPlace: StrabanePlace: BanbridgePlace: Elm ParkPlace: MullingarPlace: Belvoir ParkPlace: LimerickPlace: NewlandsPlace: BallymenaPlace: ClontarfPlace: SuttonPlace: Lockerbie, UKPlace: L’townPlace: Esker HillsPlace: Sudbury, UKPlace: RathmorePlace: North Middlesex, UKPerson: McIlroyPerson: Rory McIlroyPerson: HolywoodPerson: David KelleherPerson: Eddie McCormackPerson: Neil ManchipPerson: NeilPerson: Rory LeonardPerson: Shane LowryPerson: Michael LavellePerson: Simon WardPerson: Harry DiamondPerson: W McCulleyPerson: DonaghadeePerson: G HallPerson: J HurstPerson: Shaw HillPerson: D CoylePerson: ScullyPerson: D CrowePerson: S GrantPerson: BirrPerson: N GoreyPerson: Lee ValleyPerson: G McDermottPerson: M HammondPerson: SaxelPerson: R McNamaraPerson: T McGowanPerson: L LennoxPerson: VaughanPerson: P CutlerPerson: J P HughesPerson: B WaltonPerson: E KennedyPerson: C DoranPerson: T WalshPerson: K O’NeillPerson: R LeonardPerson: E McCormackPerson: G O’FlahertyPerson: KelleherPerson: S WardPerson: H DiamondPerson: D LernihanPerson: MorganPerson: B CashmanPerson: KilpatrickPerson: CoynePerson: TuamPerson: CurleyPerson: P ConnollyPerson: J MoorePerson: S LowryPerson: M LavellePerson: N GrantPerson: J LyonsPerson: R McCarthyPerson: E O’SullivanPerson: P MurrayPerson: R BoalPerson: ScraboPerson: C HughesPerson: DelganyPerson: A DunbarPerson: A HoganPerson: CoylePerson: E SaxelPerson: CutlerPerson: R McIlroyPerson: CashmanPerson: R KilpatrickPerson: MurrayPerson: DunbarPerson: D DownieEvent: Radisson-SAS West of Ireland ChampionshipEvent: SAS West of Ireland Amateur Open ChampionshipOrganisation: GalwayOrganisation: West of IrelandOrganisation: K ClubOrganisation: Radisson-Organisation: UCDOrganisation: Royal Portrush

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