Brazill Edges Out Ronan Mullarney To Top Bridgestone Order of Merit For 2019

first_img“I’m delighted,” said Brazill. “It’sbeen a very busy week and a very busy year as well so it’s nice to finish itoff with a positive.”Big hitting Brazill made his breakthrough lastseason with victory at the West of Ireland. Consistency has been the hallmarkof his 2019 campaign, with a string of top-5 finishes. Fourth at the East ofIreland and a semi-finalist at the North of Ireland, Brazill reached the finalof the AIG Irish Close in Ballybunion.“It would have been great to pick up achampionship during the year but to play consistently was brilliant,” hereflected.When he lines out for Ireland at the HomeInternationals in September at Lahinch, Brazill will emulate three Naasclubmates: Jack Hume, Conor O’Rourke and Jonathan Yates.And as the number one player on the domestic scenethis term, he succeeds Alex Gleeson (Castle) as the Order of Merit champion.“I wouldn’t have known what the Order of Meritwas until Bridgestone got involved,” said Brazill. “Now everyonewants to get their name up there and get a place on the Homes team.”The top three players on the Bridgestone tablegained automatic selection for the Home Internationals. Runner-up RonanMullarney, 23, had probably secured his place in the team by winning the AIGIrish Close at Ballybunion in the penultimate tournament of the series.For Colm Campbell, who missed last season throughinjury, a return to the Ireland team had long been earmarked.“It was one of the goals at the start of theyear to finish in the top three of the order of merit,” said Campbellafter the season ending Mullingar Scratch Trophy. “I’m delighted to getthe job done.”A final round of 69 meant that Campbell finishedthird in Mullingar, his fourth top 5 of the season. Victory at the UlsterStroke Play Championship in May, his first win since the 2016 Flogas IrishAmateur Open, was undoubtedly the highlight of his campaign.The Warrenpoint star, 32, won his first major titleat the East of Ireland in 2014 and has a decorated international career as akey man on the Ireland team that won the Home Internationals four yearsrunning, from 2014 to 2017. “I love Lahinch,” said Campbell lookingahead to the 2019 Home Internationals at the Co Clare links. “I’m lookingforward to getting back down there in September and hopefully be a part ofanother winning Home Internationals team.”Colm Conyngham, Marketing Manager at BridgestoneIreland, said: “Bridgestone would like to congratulate Rob on winning thesecond Bridgestone Order of Merit and wish him every success in the future. Wewere very impressed at the quality of the players and we hope that ourinitiative with the GUI helps keep the spotlight on Ireland’s amateur golfersand emerging talent.”Bridgestone, the world’s largest tyre manufacturer,became title sponsor for the men’s order of merit in 2018. Brazill’s consistentexcellence throughout the season ensured that he finished at number one.BRIDGESTONE ORDER OF MERIT — TOP 10*1 Robert Brazill (Naas) 720*2 Ronan Mullarney (Galway) 700*3 Colm Campbell (Warrenpoint) 5624 Matthew McClean (Malone) 4935 Keith Egan (Carton House) 4926 Conor Purcell (Portmarnock) 4727 Sean Flanagan (Portmarnock) 4048 Peter O’Keeffe (Douglas) 3849 Eanna Griffin (Waterford) 37610 Marc Boucher (Carton House) 370*Top three earned automatic pick for the Irelandteam at the Home Internationals (Lahinch, 11-13 September)Link to final table: WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Brazill, 22, pipped Galway’s Ronan Mullarney to theOrder of Merit title by finishing 11th at the season-ending Mullingar ScratchTrophy on Sunday (11 August). The Kildare man needed to finish inside the first16 at Mullingar to clinch top spot on the Bridgestone table. Robert Brazill (Naas) winner of the Bridgestone Order of Merit after the final round at the Mullingar Scratch Trophy, the final event in the Bridgestone order of merit.Picture Fran Caffrey / Golffile.iecenter_img Naas ace Rob Brazill has scooped the BridgestoneOrder of Merit for 2019 and secured his spot on the Ireland team forSeptember’s Home Internationals at Lahinch.last_img