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Wednesday 1st May 2019

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SUBSCRIBE WEDNESDAY 1.5.19 WWW.IRISHGOLFER.IE .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 I f anybody was under any illusions as to the standard required to make the jump from the Challenge Tour to the Main Tour, they should wonder no more after last week's free-scor- ing Turkish Airlines Challenge. Where those on the elite Eu- ropean Tour struggled over an extremely difficult course in Mo- rocco, with the plus-fours even making the halfway cut, Turkey was much more conducive to low numbers, with those at four-un- der par unable to advance to the weekend's play. "How different were the golf courses?" Michael Hoey asked. "Massively," he wrote, answering his own question. Yet although the tale of two tours might show a different narrative, there's no escaping that the likes of The Is- land's Paul McBride, who was four-under par after 36-holes, could reasonably feel hard done by for missing out on the week- end action despite such steady play. It's a phenomenal standard that's been set so early in the sea- son, initiated by Italian Francesco Laporta who fired four eagles in his 62 on the first day. With Con- nor Syme eventually getting the better of the Italian in a playoff, it's crazy to think that 23-under par for four rounds couldn't get the job done in regulation play, but that's what the likes of Robin Dawson, Cormac Sharvin and McBride are staring at this sea- son. Turkey was just the beginning. This week the tour heads to Spain and as will be the case every week, you best get out of the blocks fast or risk being com- pletely left behind. The Challenge Tour got its name for a reason, just look at last week's event in Turkey. IT'S ALL IN THE NAME Michael Hoey

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