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Wednesday 6th March 2019

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SUBSCRIBE WEDNESDAY 6.3.19 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 W here Rory McIlroy arrived at Bay Hill this week as tour- nament favourite and defending champion, the tale inside the ropes for both Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell will be one of a very dif- ferent underlying pressure. Lowry and his family have shifted to a Florida base for the foreseeable after the Clara professional's Abu Dhabi win in January catapulted him inside the world's top-50. The goal now is to stay there with this week's tournament and the upcoming WGC Dell Tech- nologies Matchplay set to determine whether or not Lowry will be teeing it up in April's Masters at Augusta. The Offaly man currently sits in 45th place. Meanwhile McDowell, who has now slipped to a bewildering 259th spot in the latest world rankings, ar- rives this week in desperate need of a result. Gmac's current status on tour is running off a lofty reputation but his sponsor's invites will soon run out so results must improve to keep his American Dream alive. His schedule has been extended by further invites to the Valspar Champi- onship, the Valero Texas Open and the RBC Heritage Classic but with a young family back home at Lake Nona in Florida, McDowell is very much focussed on regaining full Tour playing rights in the States in a bid to hold off any potentially necessary returns to the European Tour. Perhaps some comfort might be found in the pair playing together for the first two rounds this week with Gmac and Shane joined by Ameri- ca's Vaughn Taylor for a 1339 tee- time (Irish time) on Thursday. Three of Ireland's top talents head for the Arnold Palmer Invitational this week with mammoth goals in mind. BAY HILL AWAITS LOWRY, RORY & MCDOWELL Graeme McDowell

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