Adrian Meronk Player Profile
ADRIAN MERONK wrote a piece of golfing history as the first Polish winner on the DP World Tour after producing some wonderful golf on the back nine to win the Irish Open by three shots.
Meronk began the day with a slender one-stroke lead at a sold-out Mount Juliet Estate but found himself one behind with five holes to play after in-form Ryan Fox posted an eight-under-par 64 to get to 17 under.
The 29-year-old dug deep, though, holing lengthy birdie putts at the 15th and 16th to regain the outright lead before making an eagle from 25 feet on the long 17th to give himself a three-shot cushion.
And he safely parred the last to claim his maiden DP World Tour crown and put his name alongside illustrious past champions such as Colin Montgomerie, Rory McIlroy, Seve Ballesteros and Nick Faldo on the trophy.
Meronk's sensational 66 contained an eagle, five birdies and a solitary bogey and saw him finish the tournament on 20 under par.
Fox was alone in second place, continuing his recent hot streak with a fourth top-three finish in his past six events.
Thriston Lawrence finished another shot back in third on 16 under after firing back-to-back 67s over the weekend.
Meronk said: "It's a huge relief. I've been coming quite close a couple of times this year, and to finally open the door, it's just a dream come true. That's why we practise every day - such a relief and so happy.
"I'm going to keep going forward. It's another step for me. And I'm excited I achieved it here in Ireland, such a great history, and I'm just super excited. I can't describe it. It was an unbelievable feeling and to hit such a good shot on the last hole, I'm super proud of myself and my caddie, and yeah, super happy."
Who is Adrian Meronk?
Meronk was born in Hamburg in May 1993 but grew up in Poland. He turned professional in 2016 and played on the Challenge Tour in 2017 and was runner-up in the Ras Al Khaimah Challenge. In 2019 he won the Challenge Tour’s Open de Portugal and finished in a tie for third at the D+D Real Czech Challenge. His performance meant he became the first Polish golfer to qualify for the DP World Tour and his victory at the Irish Open means he is the first Pole to win on tour.
He began the week in 12th place in the rankings and 110th in the world rankings. He has enjoyed a hugely consistent season, finishing third at the Dutch Open, tied third at the Catalunya Championship and sixth at the Soul Open. His finish at the Dutch Open meant he qualified for the 150th Open at St Andrews.
He averages 310.98 yards from the tee (five years further than in 2021), finding just 53.48% of fairways. He hits 67.36 of greens in regulation and averages 28.52 putts per round.
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