|The Liffey beside the K Club's par three 8th.|
three times; Woosnam won it twice, and Crenshaw, Olazabal and Harrington have a single win to their credit. That number may well rise in 2016, as US Masters winner Danny Willett, and Rory McIlroy will be hotly tipped. Rory is also the most fancied to add to Ireland’s six victories in the event, adding to the wins of Harry Bradshaw in 1947 and 1949, Christy O’Connor Jnr in 1975, John O’Leary in 1982, Padraig Harrington in 2007, and Shane Lowry in 2009.
|The par four 17th at the K Club. A high index... but it'll be one |
intimidating drive on Sunday for those near the top.
|The 18th hole on Killarney Killeen's course, with Lough |
Leane and the MacGillycuddy's Reeks beyond
Coincidentally, the highest winning score was recorded by none other than John O'Leary, at Portmarnock in 1982. His 287 came to a score of -1, which just pips Soren Kjeldsen’s score of -2 at a windy Royal County Down last year.
There’s something about the number four, too. There have been four wire-to-wire winners: Christy O'Connor Jnr at Woodbook, 1975; Bernhard Langer at Portmarnock, 1987; Nick Faldo at Killarney, 1992; and Colin Montgomerie at Fota Island, 2001.
|The 18th green and clubhouse at the K Club. Always a dramatic finish|