Irish Eyes are Smiling at Myrtle Beach Open

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Last Thursday, Eamonn Brady hung around Barefoot Resort all morning to see if he would be added as a last-minute replacement for the opening round of the Myrtle Beach Open. The wait turned out to be well worthwhile.Canadian Tour-Large
 
Shaking off a case of final-round jitters, Brady kept his composure long enough Sunday to card an even-par 71, taking top honors in the 2001 Canadian Tour curtain-lifter with a four-day total of 277.
 
Brady comments on his Myrtle Beach Open win.
 
Derek Gillespie (Oshawa, Ont.), Aaron Barber (Orlando, Fla.), Dave Christensen (Otsego, Minn.) and D.A. Points (Pekin, Ill.) all finished three strokes back.
 
Brady, a 27-year-old resident of Dublin, Ireland, has quite a passport. Born in Australia, he moved to Dublin at the age of five, played college golf in the U.S. at East Tennessee State University and now finds himself on the Canadian Tour. And there was nowhere else Brady would rather have been than on the 18th green of the Tom Fazio course Sunday afternoon for the tournament's award ceremony.
 
'I was looking for a place to hang my hat for the year, and this (Canadian Tour) turned out to be the place,' he said. 'The Canadian Tour is brilliant.this is a great opportunity for me.'
 
As an alternate for the Myrtle Beach Open, Brady spent Thursday morning in a tent at the first tee, helping serve coffee to starters on a day where temperatures stayed well below freezing. A few hours later, he discovered he would indeed be in the opening draw. On Sunday, trying to fend off a late-round charge from Gillespie, who had crept to within one stroke with just two holes left to play, Brady nailed the door shut with a 25-yard birdie putt on 17 to become the first alternate ever to win a Canadian Tour event. After earning a conditional card at last week's Winter Qualifying School, Brady is now exempt for this season and the next two years.
 
'I didn't have any doubts all week, but the nerves took over around 16,' admitted the 6'2', 175-pounder. 'But all week long it has been up to me.I knew if I kept doing what I had been doing, I could win the tournament.'
 
With the win, Brady pocketed $24,000 (Cdn.).
 
After firing a 68 in the final round, Gillespie said he was pleased with his comeback and downplayed the whispers that he may be the next sure bet to come out of the Canadian Tour.
 
'I don't think about that, I am just trying to improve. Going out on the course every day makes me happy-I love the game. To win a tournament, the breaks have to go your way, and that didn't happen today.'
 
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