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Wednesday 27th February 2019

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SUBSCRIBE WEDNESDAY 27.2.19 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 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 Peter Finnan, on behalf of the team R &A CEO Martin Slumbers is confident that this year's Open Championship venue, Roy- al Portrush will present a 'blank canvas' to create something truly remarkable for golf fans around the world. Slumbers and his R&A team played the course a few weeks ago on a recon mission and as they continue to mull over the logistics of getting everything over to Ireland in the face of a looming Brexit, one thing's for certain, the course layout of Portrush won't be presenting any problems. "We've never done an Open in Portrush of the size that we do, but the biggest thing is we've got a golf course off the tees that we will play The Open Champion- ship, that nobody has played with a card in their hand. "So, the course setup, which is at the end of the day my number one concern and my number one responsibility of The Open, is with a complete blank canvas. "The golf course itself has come out of the winter, I got the agron- omy report this morning, in very good condition. There's about three fairways where divoting is a bit hard and the grass isn't strong enough, but the greens are look- ing great. "If we get a bit of dryness, it's going to be a real handful, and it's going to be an absolute de- light to watch these guys play it. So, if some of the Irish boys play well, it's going to be very noisy." In Slumbers saying that, there is just McIlroy and fellow Open winners, Padraig Harrington and Darren Clarke exempt into The Open, but time is on the side of Shane Lowry and Graeme Mc- Dowell to force their way into an historic occasion. A blank canvas allowing the R&A to create an Open masterpiece ROYAL PORTRUSH

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