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John Lawler To Take Over From Wilma Erskine As Royal Portrush Secretary

John Lawler’s rise in Ireland golf club circles continues with the current General Manager at The Island Club in Dublin, to take over from legendary Wilma Erskine as the new Secretary at Royal Portrush. Lalwer has been at The Island Club for three years and having began his career in the golf industry as a management trainee at Carton House, where he worked his way up to the role of Golf Operations Manager after 2 years. Lawler then spent time in two other golf resorts in Ireland as Director ...

McDowell Avoids OB With A Straight Drive Over Sons Of Ulster March

Graeme McDowell played a very professional straight drive in avoiding out-of-bounds when quizzed on this Saturday night’s ‘Portrush Sons of Ulster’ march in Portrush. The controversial 3-hour march is set to commence 7pm straight after the third round in this week’s historic, and already very special, 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush. McDowell was asked by a reporter representing the London Telegraph, and given McDowell grew-up and honed his game at both the Rathmore and Royal ...

McIlroy Prepared To Look Around & Smell The Royal Portrush Roses

Overwhelming home favourite Rory McIlroy intends not getting carried away and is intent on ‘looking around and smell the roses’ ahead of Thusday’s start to the 148th Open Championship. McIlroy, 30 spent the morning getting drenched on the practice range ahead of facing the media at 12.30pm. The current World No. 3 faced some 17 questions and while the theme of many was focussed on his knowledge of the course, and having shot a 61 as a 16-year in 2005, it was the very last question ...

Rain Turns Portrush From A Sheep Into A Wolf Says McDowell

The sometimes heavy and also steady rain earlier today has turned this week’s 148th Open host venue from a sheep into a wolf. That’s the view of hometown hero, Graeme McDowell. G Mac, and we affectionately call him, was commenting as the last player to visit the Royal Portrush media centre ahead of tee-off in this week’s historic and very special Open. MORE TO FOLLOW . @Graeme_McDowell has no doubt who Ireland’s greatest ever player is #TheOpen pic.twitter.com/vUYeKxBhqc — ...

Stenson Finds No Calmness At ‘Calamity Corner’ As McIlroy Says ‘What’s The Fuss’

It’s called Calamity Corner but it’s got a former Open Champion complaining why is there no calmness at the last of the par-3s at Royal Portrush. Henrik Stenson found himself in a state of calamity last Monday in playing the par-3 16th hole at Royal Portrush for a first time. It is the famous of four par-3s at Royal Portrush and a hole measuring 236-yards from the back tee. For those playing the hole for a first time, the 16th is a heart-in-the-mouth par- 3 hole with your initial attention drawn ...

Thomas Declares: “I Wish I Was In Rory’s Shoes’

Only once in his professional career has Justin Thomas felt as though he’s had anything like an overwhelming ‘home’ crowd support. That was in 2017 for the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow where Thomas came from two shots back with a round to play and shoot a last round 68 to capture a maiden Major. Thomas won prevailing over compatriot Patrick Reed and also ‘foreigners’ Francesco Molinari and Louis Oosthuizen. Rory McIlroy’s savoured four Major Championship victories and has done so ...

First Round Tee-Times – 148th Open Championship – Royal Portrush

Thursday: Tee Times – Round 1; 148th Open Championship 1 – 6:35 a.m. Darren Clarke, James Sugrue (a), Charley Hoffman 2 – 6:46 a.m. Emiliano Grillo, Sung Kang, Thomas Thurloway (a) 3 – 6:57 a.m. Andy Sullivan, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Alexander Levy 4 – 7:08 a.m. Chan Kim, Zander Lombard, Brandon Wu (a) 5 – 7:19 a.m. Richard Sterne, Romain Langasque, Matthias Schmid (a) 6 – 7:30 a.m. Padraig Harrington, Matthew Fitzpatrick Andrew Putnam 7 – 7:41 a.m. ...