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    • Golf betting throws up more challenges than most sports

      Golf betting throws up more challenges than most sports

      Golf betting can be a frustrating endeavour. The same goes for all gambling, I guess, but picking the winner in a six-horse race is infinitely easier than picking the winner in a 156-strong tournament field. As such, wins are often few and far between and it’s the...

      The golfing image – Fuds and Duds

      The golfing image – Fuds and Duds

      Ah yes, the fuddy-duddy image of golf. Lots of old people in clothing of questionable taste spending their time fussing over manners and etiquette and who belongs in the club and who should be classed as riff-raff. You still see this rubbish in the media. Fingers are...

      It’s all change in search of the almighty Dollar

      It’s all change in search of the almighty Dollar

      As 2012 came to a close, Rory McIlroy was on top of the world in more ways than one.  Having captured the PGA Championship for his second major title, the new world number one followed up by winning two of the season ending Fed-Ex Cup events, as well as the DP World...

      This article could literally save your life

      This article could literally save your life

      I wouldn’t be one for exaggeration so when I say that this article could literally save your life, I’m being deadly serious! As a child I was most definitely an outdoor child and I played all sports.  Whatever sport was on the television I was doing it and loved every...

      My Masters dream. A year on from playing Augusta National

      My Masters dream. A year on from playing Augusta National

      This year was my second time to make the pilgrimage  the Masters and what a special week it turned out to be.  It's hard to believe a year has passed since i played Augusta National and being back this year brought all the memories back like it was yesterday. Augusta...

      Chasing the Slam – Can Rory create history at Augusta

      Chasing the Slam – Can Rory create history at Augusta

      Winning Arnold Palmer’s tournament at Bay Hill clearly meant a lot to Rory McIlroy. It was his first taste of success in 18 months but more importantly perhaps, it should give him an extra dose of confidence as he drives up Magnolia Lane for the tenth time to play in...

      Seve loved Ireland, the Irish Open and his Irish fans

      Seve loved Ireland, the Irish Open and his Irish fans

      It was 1973, El Paraisio GC on the Costa Del Sol, the last event on the European Tour.  I was a struggling tour pro trying to make the cut to keep my playing card for the next year and avoid the dreaded Monday pre qualifyings. A couple of 73’s would do it. This was...

      What to do when you decide to stop chasing the Tour dream?

      What to do when you decide to stop chasing the Tour dream?

      Claiming the Flogas Irish Amateur today was a great achievement for Peter O’Keefe. After spending years chasing his tour dream O'Keeffe dropped back to the amateur ranks and used his knowledge and experience to set himself up in golf fitness. So what do you do when...

      Riviera – Is truly perfection in Pacific Palisades

      Riviera – Is truly perfection in Pacific Palisades

      We're lucky in Ireland to be able to play our top courses, it's not quite as easy elsewhere. It’s always wise to remind oneself that access to great golf courses in Ireland is easier than anywhere else on the planet. Sure, the odd club looks for northwards of €200...

      50 years of memories – Whelan and the Links

      50 years of memories – Whelan and the Links

      This is the strange story of a small group of men who went golfing in 1966 and who didn't come home for forty-five years. Well. Not quite true.  They came home for fresh socks and jocks, to check the post, to make sure that their families were comfortable and to...

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