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January 2017

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FEATURE: NEIL O'BRIAIN with more competition this year. You have to play serious golf in order to compete''. With 3 Irish PGA victories, along with 2 more top 5's, and 11 victories in total across the country, 2016 has undoubtedly been the most successful year to date in O'Briain's on/off career. Before turning pro, one of O' Briain's amateur career highlights was being named on the senior men's Home International Team where he won 4 of his 5 matches at Baltray, with his father in attendance, which O' Briain regards as making it even more special. O'Briain's father is his number one supporter and he has been with him through what has been a testing career to date and it's ne of the reasons golf is such a great game is that when it comes to playing it at any level, age is certainly just a number. From the then 20 year old Jeunghun Wang winning back-to back on the European Tour earlier this year, to the recent PGA Tour victory by 47 year old Rod Pampling, golf is one for all ages. I was going to make a reference to 81 year old Gary Player, but I think it's fair to say that he is not your typical example of an elderly golfer. Even associating the word 'elderly' with Mr. Player seems inappropriate. At the 'ripe' old age of 30, Dubliner Neil O' Briain slots in somewhere between the aforementioned, still yet to reach the age that generally brings the most success for professional golfers. However, in this game you cannot generalise too much, some players enjoy all of their success in the early part of their careers, others are late bloomers and the rest pretty much cover every other age bracket. This year on the Irish PGA scene, winning the PGA Assistants, PGA Southern and PGA Ulster Championships were great confidence boosters for Neil O'Briain. ''Playing amongst the likes of Damien McGrane, David Higgins and Simon Thornton is the sort of tournament golf that is experienced week to week on the various tours. We are lucky that the PGA Irish region has become stronger After a successful 2016 season on the Irish PGA circuit, Old Conna's Neil O'Briain has his sights on some big game. By Kenneth Quillinan NEIL O'BRIAIN LOOKING FORWARD TO AN EXCITING YEAR AHEAD O

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