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Wednesday 12th June 2019

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SUBSCRIBE WEDNESDAY 12.6.19 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 T he rare old times are here again, or so it seems as Irish golf was injected with a healthy jab of life ahead of this week's US Open at Pebble Beach. Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell all made sig- nificant moves up the world rank- ings after enjoying their trips to the RBC Canadian Open. McIlroy's win saw him jump ever closer to regaining his world number one spot as he displaced Justin Rose as the new number 3 in the pecking order. It's been five years since we saw Rory dismantling a golf course like he did on Sunday and if he can replicate it at crunch time this week at Pebble, there'll be few capa- ble of standing in his way of an overdue fifth Major. But whatever happens with McIlroy, there's a Major feel good factor amongst the Irish arriving to California this year that's been missing for too long. Shane Lowry's ascent up the world rankings continued after his second place finish in Hamilton. Lowry's found his happy place and a new spot at number 32 in the world to go with it after collecting a tasty cheque worth $820,000. If that wasn't enough, Graeme McDowell got his hands on a prize worth a lot more than money to the Portrush man after securing his place in next month's Open Cham- pionship in his own backyard. The pair enter this week play- ing with a freedom neither has been afforded in recent times; with the monkey off McDowell's back and a PGA Tour card practically in Shane's pocket. 3 Irish in the top-10 last week. Call me greedy but thank you sir, may I have another? Ireland's traveling contingent to Pebble Beach has been boosted by positive moves up the world rankings. ON THE RISE Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry are all smiles during a practice round prior to the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links

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