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Wednesday 23rd January 2019

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SUBSCRIBE WEDNESDAY 23.1.19 WWW.IRISHGOLFER.IE Peter Finnan, on behalf of the team 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 2019. 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: Liam Kelly, Ivan Morris, Kevin Markham, Bernie Maguire, Paul Kelly, Paul Gallagher, Niall O'Shea, John Craven, Mary Doyle, Mark McGowan, Donal 'Doc' Hughes, GolfCentralDaily Design: EMCreative.ie Photography: Getty Images, Golffile, R&A, Pat Cashman, USGA I f you weren't glued to the action on the TV last Sat- urday as Shane Lowry captured his fourth Tour title in Abu Dhabi, then you missed out. Lowry was immense, his confidence under pressure in coming from four shots back to play the last two holes the way he did showed us just what he can do. Understandably emotional after the round, the people's champion embraced his family and it's safe to say there weren't many dry eyes in Irish homes at the time either! While Lowry was resurgent in the UAE Conor Purcell took the honours at the Australian Ama- teur and clubs from the Golfing Union of Ireland and the Irish Ladies Golf Union voted over- whelmingly for the Golf Ireland proposal. All this on the back of Olivia Mehaffey getting an invi- tation to the Augusta National Women's Amateur and Padraig Harrington being named Ryder Cup Captain too! Did someone say that not a lot happens in golf in January? For Lowry it's hard to get a han- dle for just what this means for him as he was understandably a bit down on himself having tried the PGA Tour full-time last year and subsequently lost his card. To his credit he went away, got him- self together and came back to what he knows - perhaps there's a lesson in there for us all? He's moved up to #41 in the world now and if he can hold on in there will find himself teeing up at The Masters in April as well as getting into WGC's and Majors. If this is a sign of what's to come 2019 should be very good. What a weekend of golfing action we had and what a start to the golf season for 2019! A WEEKEND TO REMEMBER Shane Lowry celebrates holing a putt on the 17th hole during the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship

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