Hurley pipped to European Amateur Championship title
West Waterford star has to settle for silver medal for second successive year
Gary Hurley: finished one stroke behind the winner. Photograph: Tom Dulat/R&A via Getty Images
His final round of level par 72 was his worst of the week. He had 16 pars and just one birdie – at 11– and one bogey – at 13.
Hurley required a birdie three at the last which he had achieved on the previous two days to force a play-off. However, he could manage only a par and had to settle for second spot.
The Italian collected two vital birdies over the final four holes to become champion.
It was a good tournament for the Irish though as Gavin Moynihan took the bronze medal with a score of 271 after he bogeyed the 17th on his way to a 69.