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Nissan Irish Open
Montgomerie Course, Carton House GC
Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Republic of Ireland 18 May 2006 - 21 May 2006
Brilliant Björn Completes Comeback to win the Nissan Irish Open
Denmark’s Thomas Björn completed one of the most outstanding fightbacks in European Tour history when he birdied the final two holes of the rain-delayed Nissan Irish Open at Carton House to capture his ninth Tour title with a five under par total of 283. Björn trailed the field by nine shots after a first round 78 but battled tenaciously to shoot 66, 67, and 72 to triumph against the odds.
Three way tie at the top at Carton House
Thomas Björn, Paul Casey and Anthony Wall will share the lead going into the final day of the Nissan Irish Open at Carton House Golf Club. The talented trio finished their respective third rounds on five under par 211 after an intriguing Saturday afternoon at the County Kildare venue, to lie one shot clear of the chasing pack. Of the leading trio, the best round was posted by Björn, who holed a 40 foot putt for an eagle three on the 513 yard 18th for a flawless 67. Considering the Dane triple bogeyed the self same hole in the first round for a 78, his transition to the top of the leaderboard – via a course record equalling 66 in the second round – has been nothing short of remarkable.
Colsaerts Keeps a Cool Head to Lead at Carton House
Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts leads the weather-affected Nissan Irish Open by a stroke after a second round five under par 67 carried him past a host of more fancied contenders and into the box seat with a four under par total of 140 at Carton House Golf Club. Colsaerts was one of the many players who dragged their storm-battered bodies back to course to complete their first round on Friday morning after Thursday's six-hour suspension caused by of high winds.
Poulter Ends The Longest Day in Style
Arsenal fan Ian Poulter took longer to complete his first round in the Nissan Irish Open than he needed to travel from Dublin and Paris to watch his beloved Gunners in the Champions League final against Barcelona – but took greater pleasure with the outcome of his day’s work. Poulter fired a one under par 71 after spending 13 hours 20 minutes at Carton House Golf Club to move within a shot of fellow Englishman Iain Pyman, who was leader in the clubhouse when play was suspended at twilight.
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Irish Quartet Aim to Emulate O'Leary at the Nissan Irish Open
The Irish quartet of Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Paul McGinley spearhead the home challenge in this week’s Nissan Irish Open at Carton House against a world-class field that includes US Open Champion Michael Campbell and The 2005 European Tour Number One Colin Montgomerie. The Irish crowd will naturally be behind their own star players as they bid to emulate the achievement of the last Irish winner, John O’Leary, in 1982.
Record prize fund announced for the 2006 Nissan Irish Open
A record prize fund of €2,200,000 has been announced for the fourth edition of the Nissan Irish Open, which will again be played over the highly-acclaimed Colin Montgomerie course at Carton House, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, from May 18-21, 2006. Nissan Ireland, title sponsors of the Nissan Irish Open since 2003, today confirmed that the prize money will increase by €200,000 with a winner’’s cheque for €366,660 at stake next year.
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