LIMERICK’s wife Maeve Danaher on Sunday became the first player to win the Alfred Dunhill Links tag team championship in St Andrews.
Danaher teamed up alongside 2011 Alfred Dunhill Links winner Michael Hoey of Northern Ireland to achieve prestigious success.
Danaher, a lefty who putt right, has a handicap of 22 and plays most of her golf at Adare Manor, the host course of the 2027 Ryder Cup.
He also continued a remarkable series of family successes in this event, with Gerry McManus’ brother JP McManus, a two-time team competition winner in 2002 and 2006 and JP’s son, Kieran McManus, a record holder. three team titles in 2009, 2014. and 2017.
Limerick man Gerry McManus and fellow Irishman Lowry finished tied for fifth place with a four-round team score of 32 under.
Maeve Danaher said: “Gerry and I had a little bet on day one to see who could get the highest score, so I won! And it’s really fun!
“But it’s absolutely amazing to win this competition, in such an exciting finish, and I’m especially happy for Michael. He’s absolute rock, he’s fantastic. I wish he could win the event too. individual, but hopefully he will achieve an individual victory again soon.
Danaher and Hoey won a final round of 60 under par on the Old Course, claiming a lead at the clubhouse that appeared to be overtaken by at least three other pairs before – by a mustache – they were confirmed the winners in the very last action . of the tournament.
First, former Australian cricketer Shane Warne and his New Zealand professional partner Ryan Fox tied the Danaher-Hoey mark of 36 under par – but still behind the Irish pair on the countdown.
Then, after the downfall of Brad Simpson and Ewen Ferguson’s challenge, individual winner Danny Willett and his amateur partner, American businessman Jimmy Dunne, both saw birdie putts on the iconic 18th green of St Andrews, terribly wide.
Had either of them come in, they would also have hit 36 under par – but would have triumphed due to Willett’s individual score of 18 under par.
Hoey, 42, now ranked 546th in the world and playing most of his golf on the Challenge Tour, took home US $ 50,000 for the team win, plus an additional US $ 49,000 for finishing 24th in the individual tournament, and said: “I knew there was some money on my last putt on the 18th, but I was trying not to think about it.
“It was probably four feet, but the wind was picking up and if you don’t hit it solidly it can easily disconnect. I’m glad I had a good shot, but it was also a question of the team. I didn’t want to let Maeve down on that last hole because I knew we had a chance to win it.