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Wednesday 15th May 2019

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SUBSCRIBE WEDNESDAY 15.5.19 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 P erhaps PaddyPower said it best last month when they announced; Tiger Woods winning Majors, cranes all over the skyline, Mick McCarthy in charge of Ireland. Fetch me a panini and an €8 pint of sh*t beer! Well, just to add to that sen- timent, how about Ireland's at- tractive hand ahead of the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black. It wasn't long ago that we bemoaned a lack of Irishness atop PGA Tour leaderboards and all of a sudden, we're taking aim at a Major championship with four live chances. Top of the list is unsurprisingly, Rory McIlroy who'll be hoping to end a five-year Major-winning drought after a disappointing Masters. The length of Bethpage should play to Rory's strengths and with Tiger-cam taking the media attention this week, Rory should respond in kind. Meanwhile, Shane Lowry cut a happy picture on the Tommy Tiernan Show recently and he could easily figure in the final round picture. His tied 3rd finish at the RBC Heritage last month was badly needed and although he missed the cut at the Zurich, the Clara man should be feeling rejuvenated ahead of another tilt at a big one. Then there's Graeme Mc- Dowell, winner of the 2010 US Open, returning to the Major arena as a 2019 season PGA Tour winner, and let's not forget Padraig Harrington, winner of the 2008 PGA and his timely return to form with a T12th in last week's AT&T Byron Nelson in Dallas. Ireland's hand for the year's second Major looks the strongest we've played in some time. IRISH QUARTET HUMMING A NICE TUNE It's been too long since Ireland held such a hand and with a bit of luck on a course that offers little other than a brutish test, who's to say the boom won't be back on the fairways come Sunday too? Rory McIlroy

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