What a ‘Day’ & Irish PGA

 

Last week was sort of a big deal for golf. We had the last major of the year, key world ranking changes and some records smashed along the way in both Irish PGA and the PGA tour. Here are the highlights:

PGA Tour

We hope you all got to watch the action over the weekend. Jason Day was on top form winning his first major while also breaking records. He shot a -20, beating Jordan Spieth who finished on -17. Not bad from the Australian!

Jordan was creeping up the ranks on the final two days as he aimed to make it 3-major wins in a calendar year. But Jason was on a mission and despite a bogey on the 18th, the Aussie finished with a 67 to clinch the last major of the year.

SHEBOYGAN, WI - AUGUST 16:  Jason Day of Australia speaks with the media alongside the Wanamaker trophy after winning the 2015 PGA Championship with a score of 20-under par at Whistling Straits on August 16, 2015 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Despite missing out on a major, Spieth didn’t have a bad week. His second place finish along with his consistently impressive record this year has bumped him up to first place in the world rankings, ahead of Rory McIlroy. Spieth also set a major championship record by finishing the four majors at a combined score of 54-under, beating Tiger Woods’ record of 53-under from 2000.

Check out some of the best shots of the tournament:

Irish PGA

The Fred Daly Memorial Pro-Am took place last Thursday the 13th of August at Balmoral Golf Club in Belfast.

Simon Thornton picked up an impressive win, firing a course record 63 (6-under par). Thornton showed no sign of nerves as he finished strong, getting birdies on the 16th,17th & 18th hole. The in-form Neil O’Briain (Old Conna) was Simon’s closest challenger, signing for a mistake free three under par 66.

Simon-Thornton

Up next is the S.I.G.Ireland Killeen Pro-Am on Friday, Aug 21 at Killeen Golf Club. Thornton won’t be playing, which leaves the opportunity for other rising stars such as Old Conna’s Donal Gleeson, who recently hit an impressive six under par 66 to win the Ballykisteen Golf Club Pro-am.

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Lowry: Mad to get going ahead of Whistling Straits

Shane Lowry

Shane Lowry is up to number 19 in the world after his first PGA Tour victory on Sunday night. The win means a climb of 29 places in the rankings for Lowry, a three-year exemption on the PGA Tour and a spot at the Masters next year. This was his first win since the 2012 Portugal Masters.

A crucial moment leading up to his win came at the 10th hole, Shane produced the shot of the month from a dreaded position and went on to make birdie and continue his momentum. Another highlight of his round was sinking a 20 foot par putt on the 14th which showed the man from Clara was really on top of his game and eager to get his first PGA tour win.

 

Whistling Straits is up next on Shane’s hit list. The Straits course is intimidating for any golfer, here’s what they will be dealing with this afternoon:

Length: 7,790 yards (7,123 m)
Par: 72
Elevation: Changes of approximately 80 feet (24 m)
Bunkers: 967

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That’s right, 967 bunkers! Most of these don’t even come into play, but add to the intimidation of the course. Will this be the ultimate test for Shane? Paddy Power have tipped the Offaly man at 40/1, along with Tiger woods who won the competition four times in the past!

Defending champion Rory McIlroy returns after injury and will no doubt be looking to maintain his place at the top and challenge Shane’s impressive form in the last major of the year.

According to a close source, Shane is ‘in top form and mad to get going!’ – We can’t wait to see how an eager Shane Lowry will tackle this course!

Shane tees off this evening at 18:40 along with Bernd Wiesberger (Aut) and Webb Simpson (US).

Irish Open 2015: Go for Glory on Hole 18 at RCD

Irish Open 2015 Hole 18
Hole 18 at Royal County Down

This week, The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open takes place at the world renowned Royal County Down Golf Club. On the build up to the highly anticipated competition, Simply Golf has proudly brought you our guide to some of the most famous holes on the club’s Championship Links course.

After showing you the Eagle’s Nest on Hole 12 last time, it’s now time to sign our cards and wrap it up with Hole 18.

Hole 18

Distance to Pin: 550 yards

Par 5

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Irish Open 2015: Eagles Nest on Hole 12 at RCD

This month, The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open takes place at the world renowned Royal County Down Golf Club. On the build up to the highly anticipated competition, Simply Golf is proud to bring you our guide to five of the most famous holes on the club’s Championship Links course.

Having guided you through your proud Irish Open moment on the 4th tee box last week, it’s time to balance your card on Hole 12.

Hole 12

Distance to Pin: 527 yards

Par 5

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Irish Open 2015: Amateurs Become Pros on Hole 4 at RCD

Irish Open 2015
Hole 4 at Royal County Down

This month, The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open takes place at the world renowned Royal County Down Golf Club. On the build up to the highly anticipated competition, Simply Golf is proud to bring you our guide to five of the most famous holes on the club’s Championship Links course.

Last time, we did our best to keep you dry, on par and out of the ‘Bermuda Triangle’ lake in the middle of the 17th fairway. This time, it’s ‘Do or Die’ on  Hole 4.

Hole 4

Even by pro standards, this is a long Par 3. A refined short game is vital for success here.

Distance to Pin: 228 yards

Par 3

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Irish Open 2015: Staying Dry on the 17th at RCD

Irish Open 2015
Hole 17 at Royal County Down

This month, The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open takes place at the world renowned Royal County Down Golf Club. On the build up to the highly anticipated competition, Simply Golf is proud to bring you our guide to 5 of the most famous holes on the club’s Championship Links course.

After getting the ball rolling last week with the testing Par 3, Hole 14, we continue below with one of the most aesthetically intriguing holes on the course, Hole 17.

Hole 17

A lake, bunkers everywhere and a truly testing green — the design of the 17th defines the very nature of Royal County Down’s Championship Links.

Distance to Pin: 435 yards

Par 4

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Irish Open 2015: Making Par at Royal County Down

Irish Open 2015 Hole 14
Hole 14 at Royal County Down

This month, The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open takes place at the world renowned Royal County Down Golf Club. On the build up to the highly anticipated competition, Simply Golf is proud to bring you our guide to five of the most famous holes on the club’s Championship Links course.
Over the next two weeks we’ll break down each hole with tips for the amateur player while offering analysis on the perceived approaches the professionals may take. We’ll sign off each post with our Caddy’s Corner: three fundamental tips for hitting par.
Considering The Irish Open is making its return to Royal County Down for the first time in 76 years, we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t deliver you a close look at the Newcastle venue. Add this to our Irish Open Focus, where we look at aspects from the competition: past present and future — you’ll soon be wishing you were a wildcard for the last week in May.

We’ll get the ball rolling with Hole 14.

Hole 14

The 14th is the final Par 3 of the Royal County Down Championship Links course and the final measure of the carefully crafted tee shot.

Distance to Pin: 212 yards
Par 3

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