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Wednesday 23rd October 2019

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SUBSCRIBE WEDNESDAY 23.10.19 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 GOOD TIMES TO ROLL ON REGARDLESS Paul Dunne and Gavin Moynihan will learn their European Tour fate for 2020 following this week's Portugal Masters but whatever happens, they'll live to fight another day Peter Finnan, on behalf of the team T his week's Portugal Mas- ters sees the battle to se- cure playing rights for the 2020 season reach its climax and for Paul Dunne and Gavin Moyni- han, hopes of achieving that feat are high ahead of Vilamoura. Only 0.7 points separate Jack Singh Brar, who occupies the 117th and last qualifying posi- tion and his closest rival Dunne, one place outside the magic number. Moynihan meanwhile is all the way back in 140th spot but after securing a career-best fin- ish last week in France, a top-3 result should be enough for the Dubliner to retain his card for next year. Although the stakes are high, the pair have played under more heightened pressure than this in the past and given the success of their short European Tour careers to date, they'll both be in a healthy position to go again next year with condition- al status and Main Tour starts guaranteed for next season. Helping even more is the fact that to date in 2019, Moynihan has banked €177,085 while Dunne has almost hit the €3mil- lion mark in career earnings at just 26 years young. All that, on top of the support of loyal sponsors mean that the 2018 GolfSixes winning partners have nothing to fear should they fall short in Vilamoura. In all likelihood, a top-60 finish should be enough to see Dunne over the line but no matter what entails, the worst-case scenario at the end of tournament week in Portugal won't be all that bad regardless. Paul Dunne

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