Paul Dunne & Gavin Moynihan aiming to defend GolfSixes title this weekend

Gavin Moynihan and Paul Dunne hope to successfully defend their GolfSixes title in Portugal. Credit: Getty Images.

Defending champions Paul Dunne and Gavin Moynihan will be hoping to have Irish eyes smiling once again, this time on Portuguese soil, when the pair represent Ireland in GolfSixes Cascais today and tomorrow, June 7-8.

Team Ireland emerged victorious in the second edition of GolfSixes last year at the Centurion Golf Club, when Dunne and Moynihan triumphed over the French pairing of Mike Lorenzo-Vera and Romain Wattel in a dramatic finale.

Dunne and Moynihan are sure to have plenty of support in a region which attracts large numbers of Irish tourists, and they are relishing the opportunity to defend the title at Oitavoc Dunes in Cascais, close to Lisbon.

“I can’t wait to return to the GolfSixes alongside Gavin at a new venue this June”, said Dunne, whose maiden European Tour victory came at the 2017 British Masters, when he chipped in at the final hole to beat Rory McIlroy to the title.

“Gavin and I had so much fun last year. It’s an event which the players can really enjoy as well as the fans. The atmosphere has always been incredible at GolfSixes and I am sure that will be the same in Cascais. Portugal is renowned for its golf courses so I am sure they will embrace the event.”

Dunne and Moynihan will tee off their title defence against an England Women’s team featuring Ladies European Tour stars Meghan MacLaren and Florentyna Parker, as the innovative event makes its first appearance on continental European soil.

The opening day will be played in a round-robin format, featuring four groups of four, and the top two teams in each group will progress to Saturday’s knockout stages when an action-packed day eventually produce.

Three former Ryder Cup winners are in the field, with Jamie Donaldson joined in Team Wales by Stuart Manley, Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher paired with David Law and Team Italy led by Edoardo Molinari – he is joined by Lorenzo Gagli.

The four wildcard teams include host nation Team Portugal – featuring childhood friends Pedro Figueiredo and Ricardo Gouveia – a Germany Women’s team of rising stars Esther Henseleit and Laura Fuenfstueck, England Women and the defending champions from Ireland.

Friday June 7
Session One
England v Portugal 11:04
India v Scotland 11:15
Ireland v England Women 11:26
Sweden v Thailand 11:37
Australia v Wales 11:48
Germany Women v France 11:59
South Africa v Spain 12:10
Denmark v Italy 12:21

Session Two
England v India 12:44
Portugal v Scotland 12:55
Ireland v Sweden 13:06
England Women v Thailand 13:17
Australia v Germany Women 13:28
Wales v France 13:39
South Africa v Denmark 13:50
Spain v Italy 14:01

Session Three
England v Scotland 14:24
Portugal v India 14:35
Ireland v Thailand 14:46
Sweden v England Women 14:57
Australia v France 15:08
Wales v Germany Women 15:19
South Africa v Italy 15:30
Spain v Denmark 15:41

Saturday June 8

Quarter-finals
Winner A v Runner up B 11:35
Winner C v Runner up D 11:45
Winner B v Runner up A 12.00
Winner D v Runner up C 12.10

Semi-finals
Winner QF1 v Winner QF2 13.30
Winner QF3 v Winner QF4 13.45

Third/Fourth place play-off 15.15

Final 15.25

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