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Wednesday 30th October 2019

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SUBSCRIBE WEDNESDAY 30.10.19 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 It may have taken a while to confirm but the Irish Open is headed to Mount Juliet next year and it's going to be a good one I t's hard to believe it's been 25 years since the Irish Open was last held at the pristine parkland that is Mount Juliet. The European Tour announced on Tuesday that our National Open would be returning to County Kilkenny after much speculation and with early bird tickets already on sale, Irish golf fans have something to look for- ward to that should help with the long winter ahead. It's been a bumper year for Irish golf and Mount Juliet un- doubtedly has a hard act to fol- low after the success of Lahinch last year, but this is a Jack Nick- laus designed course befitting a tournament of Rolex Series stature. OK, it's not a links golf course with many commentators hoping to build a links tradition around our week on the calen- dar but the simple fact is that a propose 'Links Swing' will nev- er favour Ireland with Scotland holding the prime real estate of the week before the Open. Couple that with next year's condensed schedule and WGC clashes and we have no choice but to be happy with our lot… and it is a lot! Tournament week at the end of May 2020 in Mount Juliet will be a fantastic way to kick-off the summer and with the right host in place, I have no doubt that Kilkenny can come alive like Lahinch did for Paul McGinley last year. With Rory McIlroy, Open Champion Shane Lowry and IRISH OPEN HOME A GOOD ONE FOR 2020 Peter Finnan, on behalf of the team defending Champion Jon Rahm already confirming their inten- tions to play next year, the tour- nament is in an extra strong po- sition from the outset and I can't wait to see what other surprises next year's Irish Open has in store. Mount Juliet Estate

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