Thursday, July 6, 2017

Irish Open Day 1 - Portstewart Golf Club

Flagman on the 7th.
What a cracking first day at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. I have to confess this is all a first for me and it's a blast. The Media Centre is packed with Irish golf writers, broadcasters and photographers and a load of international counterparts; the course is fabulous and the golf thoroughly entertaining.

As a Greystones Golf Club man I am clearly invested in the progress of Paul Dunne but the whole place was buzzing and the Irish Open has stepped up one, if not two, levels thanks to the Rolex Series which has increased the prize fund to seven million dollars.

Tommy Fleetwood shows he is fleet of foot (yes, I actually wrote that!)
Check out the Irish Examiner for Friday July 7th for my articles. In the meantime, some photos - love the one of Tommy Fleetwood running to allow spectators to cross and mob the burger/hot dog bar that sits in the middle of the course (between holes 6 and 7). There are bars elsewhere too and the atmosphere is very relaxed... although come Sunday it probably won't be.
Wang tees off on the par three 6th. The stand on the tee is
probably the best viewing point on the course
Paul Dunne strolls on to the 2nd green... and makes his first birdie
of the day... he finishes 5 under despite some wayward driving.

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