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Cannon fires low for early lead in Flogas Irish Am

​​​An opening round 69 has seen former champion Cannon take the early lead at Royal County Down​

  • 17 May 2018

Picture: Robbie Cannon in action | Cashman Photography

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Calm, clear conditions at Royal County Down made for an inviting start to the Flogas Irish Amateur Open and 2013 champion Robbie Cannon from Balbriggan capitalised with an opening round of 69 to set the pace on two under.

Although this was a first competitive round for 39-year-old Cannon at the world renowned links, he was steady and self-assured as he posted the low round of the morning.
 
One under at the turn, Cannon made three birdies in a row from the 11th before losing momentum with a bogey at the difficult 15th. A crucial par save on 17, where he managed to get up and down from 170 yards having found trouble off the tee, put him back on track.
 
Cannon currently holds a one-stroke lead. England's Bailey Gill is second after a 70 and Scotland's James Wilson is one shot further back on level par. Defending champion Peter O'Keeffe from Douglas is among the afternoon starters. This year's championship is a truly international affair with 90 overseas players from 11 countries including the world number number eight Matthew Jordan from England.

After Saturday's third round, the top 50 and ties progress to the final round on Sunday.​