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McGrane tops Order of Merit in Ireland


At the conclusion of another long, testing PGA in Ireland season Damian McGrane topped the Order of Merit with 19,854 points, writes Paul Kelly.

The Co Carlow professional has now claimed the Order of Merit title three times in the last four years.

He didn’t win the most events, that accolade went to Colm Moriarty (Glasson Hotel) with eight victories in 2019, but the 48-year-old McGrane has made a habit of winning important tournaments.

The 2008 Volvo China Open champion finished top of the leaderboard on six occasions during the 2019 season but the defining successes were the Irish Club Professional title and the 109th Irish PGA Championship which both carried a significant points haul.

Damien also finished the season with the best stroke average – 69.56 from 27 rounds played with Simon Thornton (Tulfarris Golf Resort) finishing in second with 69.69 from 32 rounds played.

The Order of Merit is based on those tournaments that represent a high standard of competition.  A points system is used based on the scores and results of the players in the approved tournaments. Players must play a minimum of five OOM events to appear in the ranking list.

Moriarty’s impressive consistency saw him wrap up second place with 17,770 points. With eight wins to his name, the 40-year-old also led the way in top 10 finishes amassing 23 over the course of the 40 plus event season.

Michael McGeady (Evolve Golf Coaching) finished in third with 17,210 points, Thornton was fourth with 16,621 points and Richard Kilpatrick (Banbridge GC) grabbed fifth place with 15,135 points. Richard topped the stats for birdies made during the season, totalling 113 in 39 rounds.