Campbell eyes Home Internationals return

Colm Campbell is determined to win back his place in the Irish team for the Home Internationals after surging to third in the Bridgestone Men’s Tour Order of Merit following his dramatic playoff win in the Flogas Irish Amateur Open at The Island.

he Warrenpoint star (35), who won the event at Royal Dublin in 2016, made two key par saves at the last two holes to card a level par 72 and force a sudden-death playoff with Malone’s Matthew McClean.

McClean was three shots clear with four holes to play but double-bogeyed the 15th and bogeyed the 17th for a 70 as they finished on one-over 289.

Campbell went on to win with a bogey on their return to the 18th to move up to third in the season-long Bridgestone Men’s Tour points race behind West of Ireland champion Alan Fahy from Bray, fifth at The Island, and runner-up McClean.

No longer a full-time amateur, Campbell  has no plans to play anything but a domestic schedule this year. But after missing out last year, he hopes to win back his place in the Home International team as the leading three players in the Order of Merit are guaranteed places in the side that will do battle at Ballyliffin’s Old Course from 3-5 August.

“This gives me a chance,” said Campbell, who helped Ireland win the Raymond Trophy four years in a row from 2014 to 2017. “They know what I can do whenever it’s put to the test and I’ve got that experience as well.”

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