Jack Hume cruises to victory at European Nations Cup

In-form 22-year-old helps Ireland prevail in team event to clinch rare double in Spain

 Jack Hume: finished on an overall three-under in the individual event. Photograph: Jan Kruger/R&A

Jack Hume: finished on an overall three-under in the individual event. Photograph: Jan Kruger/R&A

 

Jack Hume cruised to victory at the European Nations Cup in Spain while also helping Ireland to glory in the team event to clinch a rare double.

The 22-year-old Walker Cup star enjoyed a six-shot win in the individual event at La Reserva, finishing on an overall three-under – the only sub-par finisher in the entire field – with rounds of 72, 64, 74 and 75 for a 72-hole aggregate of 285.

Having opened up a 12-stroke lead after 36 holes, the Naas man gave up some ground in round three with his lead reduced to seven strokes heading into the final round but he never looked like being caught.

His nearest challengers were reining Amateur Champion Romain Langasque of France and Welshman Owen Edwards who were six strokes back and tied for second on three-over par (291). It secured back-to-back wins for Hume following his stunning South African Stroke Play Championship triumph at Blue Valley earlier this month.

Alex Gleeson (Castle/ UCD) finished 18th on 15-over par (303) with Dermot McElroy 19th on 16-over (304) and Stuart Grehan (Tullamore/MU) tied for 22nd on 17-over par (305). Meanwhile, it was a double success for Ireland with the quartet beating France by 10 strokes.

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