Horizon Irish Open: Day one synopsis from Mount Juliet

Horizon Irish Open: Day one synopsis from Mount Juliet

DAY ONE of the Irish Open at Mount Julie threw up a mixed bag for the Irish golfers.  

New Zealand’s Ryan Fox finished the day on -8, 64 with Frederic Lacroix one- stroke behind on -7, 65. 

Ireland's nearest challenge came from Dublin’s Niall Kearney and Waterford's Seamus Power, who both finished on the same score.  

Kearney recorded five birdies including three-in-row on 13, 14 and 15. Four pars and a bogey on the eighth ended his day with a score -4, 68 

Power began the day on tee 10 alongside tournament favourite Shane Lowry, and the 27th best golfer in the world Tyrell Hatton. 

The 35-year-old got off to a flyer with a birdies on the opening hole, the second hole, the seventh, the ninth, and two on the 16th and 17th. 

A bogey on the Par-5 fifth and the last hole of the round on the opening were the biggest blips 

Lowry who won the Open in 2009 did have a day as fruitful as his Irish counterparts.  

Birdies on six seven, seventeen, bogeys on the 12th and 8th ended the Offaly native's day on -1, 71 

US Senior Open winner Padraig Harrington was a late starter and recorded birdies on the 5th, 8th, 13th, and 17th.  

Bogey on the par-4 16th and 18th meant that the Dubliner ended on -2 , 70 

In other news for Ireland's golfers John Murphy is on -2, 70 with Jonathan Caldwell -3, 71. 

Paul Dunne and Mark Power finished level par 72, while David Higgins ended the day on +6, 78.