He may have been overlooked by most on Thursday with huge interest in the Irish contingent but come Saturday, everyone knew who Adrian Meronk was.
The Polish player sealed his and Poland’s first DP World Tour win at Mount Juliet Estate on Sunday, finishing out four days of great golf to card a 66, leaving him -20 for the week. He even managed to sink an eagle putt on the 17th on his way to the win.
That result puts him one stroke better off than 2021 winner Lucas Herbert at the same course.
Shane Lowry saved the best golf of his week to finish -5 on Sunday and -12 over all for a share of ninth alongside Herbert while Seamus Power bounced back from a horrific Saturday to shoot -4 and end his tourment alongside Padraig Harrington on seven under. The last of the Irish out on Sunday, Niall Kearney, carded a 70 to end his weekend on -4.
“It’s such a relief”, said Meronk walking off the 18th as his name was being carved onto the winner’s trophy.
“I’ve been close a couple of times this year so to finally get the trophy is just an amazing feeling. I’m super happy and proud of myself. I saw the leaderboard on 14 and 15 and knew I had to do something to win so I’m super happy with the way I finished the tournament, it was really exciting.”
“I just stayed patient. I knew there woudl be a couple of birdie chances coming up so I focused on that, keep getting my pars in the middle of the round. I had a three shot lead going into the last, probably the hardest on the course so that was an amazing feeling.”
“One of my roles is to grow the game in Poland, hopefully this will help a lot so I’ll just keep going.”