Ebihara retains Irish Seniors Open

 

Japan’s Seiji Ebihara held off the challenge of Denis Durnian to clinch the AIB Irish Seniors Open at Adare Manor today.

Japan’s Seiji Ebihara held off the challenge of Denis Durnian to clinch the AIB Irish Seniors Open at Adare Manor today.

Ebihara, who led from day one, carded a closing 70 to retain the title he won at Powerscourt last year on a total of 8-under-par but Durnian will rue a bogey at the last which robbed him of the chance to force a play-off.

The Englishman had played admirably all day but allowed nerves to get the better of him, closing with a six on the 500-yard par 5 18th to all but hand Ebihara the title.

Ebihara went on to birdie the last and open a two stroke margin of victory and render Durnian’s bogey academic.

Christy O’Connor Jnr (4-under) shared third place with John Grace and Jim Rhodes.

Clare-born Joe McDermott finished on one-under to grab a share of eighth spot.