Ruaidhrí McGee secures best Challenge Tour finish since 2015

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Ruaidhri McGee secured his best Challenge Tour finish since 2015 at Golf Blue Green de Pléneuf Val André on Sunday.

The Irish golfer finished one shot behind the Blot Open de Bretagne winner, Alfie Plant of England.

The Englishman posted a two under par round of 68 to finish on 11 under par, one-shot clear of

Plant started the final round in pole position alongside McGee, however two bogeys in his opening four holes saw him drop down the leaderboard, before recovering brilliantly with five birdies to regain his position at the summit.

Plant is now a two-time winner

The 29-year-old, now a two-time Challenge Tour winner, was delighted to add the Blot Open de Bretagne to his Hopps Open de Provence victory last season and believes playing in France brings out the best in his ability.

“It feels amazing because it’s another dream come true,” he said. “I feel at home here in France because it’s not too far away, the courses are quite similar and it’s a great country to be in.

“It’s great to get my second win on the Challenge Tour and it has reassured me that I can win out here. It’s nice to get it done a little bit earlier in the season this year because it leaves me with a lot of golf left to play and a better chance of securing a place in the top 20 on the Rankings. It’s very exciting times.

“My last two wins I’ve been on my own so it was amazing to have my dad here with me this week. I’m going to take each week as it comes. I’ll listen to my mind and my body and make the best decisions that I can.”

Spaniard Borja Virto posted a three under par round of 67 to finish in third place on nine under par, while Germany’s Freddy Schott finished fourth on eight under par.

Englishman David Dixon finished in fifth position on six under par, while home favourite Ugo Coussaud finished a shot further back on five under.

Englishman Todd Clements, Spaniard Emilio Cuartero and Swedish duo Pelle Edberg and Mikael Lindberg shared seventh place on four under par.

Victory in France means Plant climbs 103 places to 13th on the Road to Mallorca Rankings on 45,323 points, 53,833 points off top spot.

The Road to Mallorca now heads to Italy for the Italian Challenge Open at Golf Nazionale from June 30 to July 3, 2022.

Final scores (Irish golfers in bold):

269 A PLANT (ENG) 65 67 69 68,  270 R MCGEE 61 73 67 69 271 B VIRTO (ESP) 64 69 71 67,  272 F SCHOTT (GER) 66 71 68 67,  274 D DIXON (ENG) 67 73 65 69,  275 U COUSSAUD (FRA) 69 68 68 70,  276 E CUARTERO BLANCO (ESP) 74 68 70 64, M LINDBERG (SWE) 68 69 73 66, P EDBERG (SWE) 72 66 71 67, T CLEMENTS (ENG) 70 71 68 67,  277 D GERMISHUYS (RSA) 70 71 72 64, J GARCIA (ESP) 71 71 67 68, D MCELROY 70 65 72 70, R SCIOT-SIEGRIST (FRA) 64 67 72 74,  278 I CANTERO GUTIERREZ (ESP) 67 68 76 67, C BOUNIOL (FRA) 69 72 66 71, M ORRIN (ENG) 68 70 68 72,  279 A SADDIER (FRA) 67 71 73 68, S MANLEY (WAL) 70 67 72 70,  280 S PETERSEN (SWE) 66 72 74 68, J PRINSLOO (RSA) 67 68 75 70, J FAHRBRING (SWE) 70 65 73 72, B EVANS (ENG) 66 72 69 73,  281 Z BAI (CHN) 67 71 76 67, S TILEY (ENG) 69 70 75 67, R EVANS (ENG) 71 67 75 68, D FOOS (GER) 68 71 74 68, G BOURDY (FRA) 72 69 72 68, S GROS (FRA) 69 73 66 73,  282 G STAL (FRA) 70 69 77 66, V LOPES (POR) 69 70 74 69, A GRENIER (FRA) 68 71 73 70, J MCDONALD (SCO) 68 71 73 70, J THOMPSON (AUS) 66 76 70 70, M MANASSERO (ITA) 71 71 69 71, B RITTHAMMER (GER) 70 70 70 72, L JERLING (RSA) 68 73 64 77,  283 A BARBE (AM) (FRA) 69 72 75 67, D YOUNG (SCO) 67 73 73 70, J KENNEGARD (SWE) 71 65 76 71, G MOYNIHAN 71 70 71 71, R WATTEL (FRA) 70 69 72 72, F MORY (FRA) 71 69 71 72, R DINWIDDIE (ENG) 68 70 69 76, J LANDO CASANOVA (FRA) 70 64 72 77,  284 V RIU (FRA) 66 75 74 69, J ARNOY (NOR) 70 68 76 70, E DI NITTO (ITA) 69 73 72 70, W ENEFER (ENG) 69 67 71 77,  285 P MARGOLIS (FRA) 69 72 80 64, J THOMSON (ENG) 68 70 74 73, P FIGUEIREDO (POR) 72 70 69 74,  286 J QUESNE (FRA) 68 74 72 72, B EASTON (RSA) 64 76 73 73, F PALSON (SWE) 67 75 71 73,  287 N REGNER (AUT) 68 68 77 74,  288 P BAEK (DEN) 70 69 78 71, G BRIXI (CZE) 70 70 74 74,  290 A DAYDOU (FRA) 65 76 80 69, K ULENAERS (BEL) 70 72 74 74,  291 X PONCELET (FRA) 70 69 77 75,  292 P FOULQUIE (FRA) 71 67 79 75,  293 A DEL REY (ESP) 75 66 74 78,  295 J ADARRAGA GOMEZ (ESP) 72 70 75 78.

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