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Wednesday 31st October 2018

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SUBSCRIBE WEDNESDAY 31.10.18 WWW.IRISHGOLFER.IE CONTENTS AGENDA COLUMNS & OPINIONS PREVIEW THIS WEEK'S EVENTS NEW GEAR THE LATEST KIT REVEALED WEEKLY ROUNDUP THE LATEST GOLF NEWS VIDEO OF THE WEEK Digital Editor: Peter Finnan peter@matchplaymedia.ie Tel: 01 5036099 Print Editor: John Shortt john@matchplaymedia.ie Tel: 01 5036090 Sub Editor: John Craven CONTACT US Match Play Media Disclaimer: Copyright Match Play Media 2018. The publisher cannot accept responsibility for, nor do they agree with any of the views expressed, statements or claims made in any article, news items or advertisement published in this magazine. WWW.IRISHGOLFER.IE Publishers: Match Play Media Limited, G13, Maynooth Business Campus, Maynooth, Co. Kildare Contributors: Ivan Morris, Kevin Markham, Bernie Maguire, Paul Kelly, Paul Gallagher, Niall O'Shea, John Craven, Mary Doyle, Mark McGowan, Donal 'Doc' Hughes, GolfCentralDaily, Liam Kelly Design: EMCreative.ie Photography: Getty Images, Golffile, R&A, Pat Cashman, USGA Peter Finnan, on behalf of the team M ichael Hoey's hopes of securing European Tour status next season now hinge on the Ras Al Khaimah Challenge Tour Grand Final this week. Hoey sits in 21st on the Road to Ras Al Khaimah standings ahead of the finale, with the top-15 set to earn their European Tour ticket next season. Speaking to us prior to the event, Hoey was under no illusions of the size of the task at hand, with the threat of Q-School looming large should he fall short of his top-15 target this week. "Finishing top-15 on Challenge Tour is difficult, you need those big finishes to make any 'real money'," said Hoey. "If you don't you're thinking Qualifying School, but if you didn't get enough from it last year are you better saving €5,000? Qualifying School is a good earner for the tour too, it costs €1,800 to enter with 1,300 entered." "The other issue is Qualifying School comes off the back of big events in China and the final event of the year. A lot of heat, travel and golf means players are wrecked and not best prepared for Qualifying School. That's another reason some of guys simply don't go," added Hoey. Hopefully the Galgorm professional can get the job done this week and avoid the Q School slog. Hoey's European Tour hopes now rest on this week's grand final FINAL PUSH Michael Hoey

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