Your A to Z guide to Irish golf in 2015

Your A to Z guide to Irish golf in 2015

Shane Lowry has his Masters invitation, Rory McIlroy is back bashing balls and our top amateurs are already back at the grindstone or heading for sunny climes. The 2015 season begins on the European Tour in South Africa this week with Peter Lawrie landing his first invitation as he bids to win back his card and Simon Thornton and Kevin Phelan waiting for the nod. It's going to be non-stop from here on so we've compiled a basic A-Z of what Irish golf fans might watch out for this year.

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All time Top-100 Irish Amateur men

All time Top-100 Irish Amateur men

It’s like comparing George Best with Diego Maradona. Or Tiger Woods with Jack Nicklaus. Or Bobby Jones with Ben Hogan. Each generation has their favourites and their reasons for preferring one above the other. There’s no right or wrong answer, just a humdinger of a debate and the enjoyment of some great memories.

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A vintage year

A vintage year

The golfing year brought many highlights starting with Willie Gill Order of Merit winner Jack Hume's victory in the West (he also won the Nassau Invitational) right through to Seamus Power's triumphant march to the Web.com Tour. In between it was indubitably Rory McIlroy's year with those two magnificent Major wins and that barnstorming Ryder Cup performance under the amazing leadership of Paul McGinley. But there was more, much more. Here are my Top-20 moments.

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It's Lowry time — Shane eyes global game but vows to remain true to himself

It's Lowry time — Shane eyes global game but vows to remain true to himself

Shane Lowry believes he’s ready to chase the American Dream on the PGA Tour and play the kind of global schedule that could make him a Ryder Cup player and an Olympian in 2016. Just don't expect him to start changing now and become a calculating, greens-in-regulation hitting plodder. As he said in Dublin yesterday: "I hate laying up on par fives... that’s the way I play golf."

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McGinley's Midas touch can bring Rio gold (and don't write off Padraig)

McGinley's Midas touch can bring Rio gold (and don't write off Padraig)

Rory McIlroy is the massive favourite for Olympic gold in 2016 but newly named Irish golf Team Leader Paul McGinley insists we shouldn’t write off Shane Lowry or a resurgent Padraig Harrington doing the samba on the winner's rostrum in Brazil.
 

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