HOLDER Graeme McDowell is chasing his first tournament success of 2011. Peter Lawrie is bidding to put his place in the Race to Dubai order of merit on the European Tour beyond any further doubt. Shane Lowry badly needs a big finish to get back among the top 60 who make it to the Emirates for the cash rich Dubai World Championship in December.
MEATH native Damien McGrane capped an outstanding day for the eight-strong Irish contingent in the first round of the Andalucia Masters at Valderrama when he birdied the 18th for a three under par 68 to join Graeme McDowell in 2nd place in the €€3 million event.
ADARE MANOR, the beautifully-located course on thebanks of the River Maigue in Co Limerick, will celebrate this week for one of their most esteemed members, Sean McMahon will be elected president of the Golfing Union of Ireland at their AGM in Carton House on Friday.
AS Europe’s professional golfers get ready to tee it up at Celtic Manor in this weekend’s Wales Open, there will be more than a passing interest in how work is progressing on the par 72 Wentwood Hills course in readiness for the 2010 Ryder Cup.