Lowry Distracted By Jay Townsend TV Commentary But Manages To Save Par At 17

Joint Open leader Shane Lowry singled out TV commentary from Jay Townsend as the cause for being distracted on the 17th tee late in second round at The Open here at Royal Portrush. Lowry was all set to lauch his drive down the 17th when Townsend’s American accent on a nearby TV screen forced Lowry to back off his tee shot. “There’s a little tented village with a TV screen about 80 yards from the tee box, and I could hear Jay Townsend commenting on my shot,” said Lowry. “Just ...

Knox’s ‘Secret Recipe’ For First Irish Open Repeat Success In 22-Years – A Pint Of Guinness Each Night

Russell Knox reckons he’s found the ‘Secret Recipe’ to a first successful defence of an Irish Open in 22-years – a pint of Guinness every night. Knox has returned to Europe and this week’s Dubai Duty Free sponsored event looking to become the first player since fellow Scot Colin Montgomerie in 1996 and 1997 to win back-to-back Irish Open titles. For the current World No. 72 ranked Knox, it will be a first of three events on ‘home’ soil including next week’s Aberdeen ...

Syme Thrilled To Be Returning To Royal Portrush After Qualifying For The Open.

Connor Syme is proudly returning to Royal Portrush five years after first playing the course now among five Scots to be competing in the 2019 Open Championship. Syme, who turns 24 on July 11th, secured the second qualifying place thanks to a pair of 67s over a mixture of 18 holes at the two Fairmont Resort courses to the east of St. Andrews. In 2014, Syme made it through to the semi-finals of the Amateur Championship and now he is returning thanks to his efforts and just a 15-minute drive from his ...

McGinley Insists Irish Open Will Survive Without McIlroy

Paul McGinley insists this week’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open will lose little gloss and survive despite the absence of Rory McIlroy. McGinley has found himself dodging questions on McIlroy’s no show ever since the four-time Major winning McIlroy indicated late last year in Dubai he would not be teeing-up at Lahinch. News of McIlroy’s absence, and from the event he hosted for four years from 2015 to 2018, initially sent shockwaves into Irish sporting circles. Irish golf fans, though, are a hearty ...

McDowell Declares He’s Turning-Up Looking To Be In Contention At Royal Portrush.

It seemed only appropriate it should be local Portrush born-and-bred Grame McDowell to be the first to get a look at the Open Championship prepared host venue at his beloved Royal Portrush and declaring he will be looking to compete and not just enjoy the excitement of competing in his ‘home’ 148th Open Championship. The host Royal Portrush course had been closed to visitors since May 31st and it was then closed to club members on June 30th and with only those competing in golf’s ...

See Goats! The Story How Lahinch Has A Goat For Its Club Logo

No matter what golf club you visit around the globe there is always a unique tale to tell. Lahinch is no different but then this famed Co. Clare club, and host to this coming week’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, is more known for its goats and this is a tale of why the club chose a goat for it’s logo. And what is also somewhat bizarre is the wording written by a former long-time Secretary on the club’s then malfuncting barometer located just inside the front door of the clubhouse that ...

Warren Headed To Fairmont Seeking Royal Portrush Tee Time

Scot Marc Warren has returned home and set to now join a field of 18 Scots teeing-up in Tuesday’s Open Championship Final Qualifier at the Fairmont Resort near St. Andrews. Warren, 38 was cut from the weekend rounds of the Andalucia Masters with scores of 75 and 72 for a five-over par tally on the famed Valderrama course on Spain’s Costa Del Sol. Though there was little sunshine for the three-time Tour winning Warren who managed just five birdies but also four bogeys and three double-bogeys over ...