Polish golfer Adrian Meronk has officially become the first golfer from Poland on the DP World Tour on Sunday with a superb closing stretch at Mount Juliet for a 6-under 66 and a three-shot victory in the Horizon Irish Open. He made par and walked off the 18th green soaked in a champagne celebration “It’s such a relief,” Meronk said after his win.
“After coming quite close a couple of times, finally opening the door, it’s just a dream come true.” Fox closed with a 64, he feared a bogey on the final hole might cost him in the end, Meronk played so well over the closing stretch that it did not matter. He finished at 20-under 268, Fox and ThriChristonerence were already exempt for the British Open, and they all finished on 273. Meronk, who played college at East Tennessee, will also be the first Polish player in the Open Championship at St. Andrews.
“I’m super happy”
Meronk was also the first Polish player at the U.S Open last year at Torry Pines, and the first ever to earn a DP World Tour card. “It’s one of my roles to just grow the game in Poland because it’s still quite small but hopefully this will help a lot so I’ll just keep going and, yeah, hopefully, there will be a lot of new people to the game in Poland.”
Meronk also shared some words for his role-model status in his homeland. “I love it,” he continued. “I’m not going to stop going forward. This is just another step for me. But it is special to win in a place like Ireland, which has such a great golf history. It was such a relief to make the eagle putt on the [par-5] 17th. I can’t describe it.”
He continued, “I was imagining this picture last night, what it might look like on the 18th hole, and it was just as I thought it would be. I was trying to enjoy the moment. I knew I had to make a couple of good swings on the last hole, so to hit such a good shot to the 18th green makes me super proud. When it landed, I knew that was it.”