Irish Open champ Meronk on a high after receiving Masters invitation

Ronan MacNamara
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Adrian Meronk after securing victory at the Horizon Irish Open at Mount Juliet (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

This time last year Poland’s Adrian Meronk was 163rd in the world and without a TOUR win. Twelve months on, he is perched inside the top-50, has claimed his maiden DP World Tour win at the Horizon Irish Open, backed it up at the Australian Open last month and has a date with Augusta National on his mind.

The 29-year-old’s confidence couldn’t be higher and he is raring to get the biggest year of his career underway at this week’s Hero Cup in Abu Dhabi as he looks to catch the eye of Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald.

“After that win (in Australia), I received the Masters invitation, so that was special,” he said. “I’m just very, very proud and glad it happened. The confidence definitely is much higher than last year.

“I spent some quality time back home over Christmas and New Year. I’m excited to be back and get things going again.

“It’s a great way to start the year with the team competition and I’m very excited about this week.”

The towering Pole represented Continental Europe on two occasions at the Palmer Cup in his amateur days and he is looking forward to gaining some matchplay experience as a professional.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “I love match play. We didn’t play much over my professional career but I played a little bit as an amateur, as a junior, so I have some experience, and I enjoy it. I think it’s a great format, especially playing for a team as well. So it’s going to be a lot of fun.

“We have a really strong team and I’m very happy to be among these players and I’m sure we’re going to enjoy the week and everyone is going to do their best.”

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