Meronk pulls off Polish first at Irish Open
Adrian Meronk became the first Polish winner on the DP World Tour when he secured a three shot victory over New Zealand’s Ryan Fox at the Irish Open.
Meronk was one shot behind Fox with four holes remaining when he went birdie-birdie-eagle to nail his victory closing with an impressive 66 to finish at 20-under-par. He was the only player to finish the week with four rounds in the 60s.
“This is such a relief, to be honest,” said Meronk, who pockets the US$1 million winner’s prize and moves into the world’s top-100 for the first time at 64th.
“I’ve been coming close a couple of times this year, so to finally open the door is a dream come true. This is what I practice for every day. I’m super happy.”
Sunday’s victory also puts him inside the top-10 at 7th in the season-long Race to Dubai.
WITB Adrian Meronk
- Titleist Pro V1x Golf Ball
- PING G425 MAX Driver (10.5º)
- PING G425 MAX 3W (14.5º)
- PING G425 Hybrid (19º)
- PING iBlade (4-PW)
- Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (50º, 54º, 58º)
- PING Vault 2.0 Ketsch Putter
“I am so proud to also be the first golfer from my home country of Poland to win on the DP World Tour and plant our National Flag in the world of golf,” said Meronk.
“In hindsight it has perhaps been coming for a while, but there is nothing like getting that ‘W’ across the line. I have had six top-10 finishes this season before this week, including three in the month of May!”
Meronk, 29, who played US college golf at East Tennessee State, will be the first Polish player at next week’s Open Championship at St.Andrews. Last year he was also the first Polish player to play the US Open. He’d won previously in Europe at the 2019 Portugal Open on the Challenge Tour.
Adrian Meronk (Credit: DP World Tour)
Lucas Herbert, who was defending his title at these championships, finished in a creditable 9th position to be the best of the Australians. Scott Hend and Min Woo Lee shared 58th position, with Maverick Antcliff in a share of 67th position.
Jason Scrivener, Zach Murray missed the weekend.
The three Open Championship spots available from the Irish Open went to American John Catlin, David Law of Scotland and Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay.