Irishman Smyth Has Look of Winner


2005 Toshiba Senior ClassicThe Irish eyes are smiling brightly this week, and no ones eyes are shining brighter than Des Smyth. St. Patricks Day is March 17, and Irishman Smyth celebrated with his first Champions Tour victory last week.
This week, he hopes to make it two-for-two when he competes in the Champions Tours Toshiba Senior Classic in Newport Beach, Cal. To do it, he will have to beat back an adopted Irishman, Mark McNulty.
Last week, he had to stand by while first McNulty ' who was raised in Zimbabwe but has moved to Ireland ' and then D.A. Weibring missed putts that would have sent the SAS Classic into overtime.
'I was sitting there expecting one of them to hole it,' said a smiling Smyth, who calls Drogheda, Ireland, home. 'You have to expect that because there's no point in wishing any of them bad luck. But I can't tell you how happy I am that they didn't make it.'
His win just happened to occur when a son of the Republic of Ireland was winning on the PGA Tour for the first time, too. Padraig Harrington outlasted Vijay Singh to win the Honda Classic.
'We're all very happy about Padraig's win today, too,' Smyth said. 'He's our next big hope to become a major champion. We haven't had an Irishman win a major championship since Fred Daly in the Henry Cotton days.'
But the 52-year-old Smyth starts out the Toshiba this week as a Champions winner ' for the first time ever.

This is really a big deal for me,' he said. 'This puts me in the Legends, and the MasterCard and also gives me a boost in the Charles Schwab Cup. I'm in my third season out here now and it really sets things up for me.'
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