McGee hurt by albatross but stronger than ever for Challenge Tour charge

McGee hurt by albatross but stronger than ever for Challenge Tour charge

It wouldn’t be fair to say that it took an albatross to stop Ruaidhri McGee winning the Open de Madrid, but there’s no doubt that Nacho Elvira’s spectacular two at El Encín Golf Hotel’s par five fourth hole was a blow the Derry man could have done without.

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Cavalry charge as Madeira reduced to 36 holes — Phelan, Maybin, Lawrie and Thornton all have a chance

Cavalry charge as Madeira reduced to 36 holes — Phelan, Maybin, Lawrie and Thornton all have a chance

There's good news and bad news from Madeira. The good news is that Kevin Phelan, Gareth Maybin, Peter Lawrie and even Simon Thornton are in with a chance of winning the weather-cursed Madeira Islands Open – Portugal – BPI.

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Irish golf loses 33% of its tour strength as Lawrie, Thornton, Maybin and Phelan fail at Q-School

Irish golf loses 33% of its tour strength as Lawrie, Thornton, Maybin and Phelan fail at Q-School

As Shane Lowry and Rory McIlroy raced to the top of the leaderboard in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship the grim reality of Ireland's mythical conveyor belt of tour stars hit home with a glance at the results from the European Tour Qualifying Stage in Catalonia. Twelve months ago we had 12 players with full European Tour cards. Now we have eight.

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Irish face uphill task as Paratore leads into final Q-School round

Irish face uphill task as Paratore leads into final Q-School round

Peter Lawrie is just one tantalising shot outside the Top 25 who will win their 2015 European Tour cards on Thursday with Italian Renato Paratore on course to become the youngest winner in European Tour Qualifying School history.

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