There’s nothing like a trip down memory lane to whet your appetite for the Irish Open.
The countdown has begun - it’s on the Montgomerie Course at Carton House folks from June 27-30 - so it’s probably time to start thinking about getting tickets.
If you haven’t been for years check out this great Golf Ireland produced compilation of memories - Greening in the Years. We’re suckers for this sort of stuff. Apart from the soundtrack by Philo and Lizzy, there’s plenty to keep you amused. Who is that caddie with the bow tie?
00:15 Charlie Mulqueen doing a radio update for RTE with a lip mike. Note the payphones and the portable typewriter. Life before the internet.
00:22 Christy O’Connor Jnr sporting the early, abandoned Loudmouth Curtain Strides line.
00:32 John O’Leary’s affro. Classic.
00:36 Ken Brown’s hickory putter. When was the last time you saw one of those on tour?
00:51 Sam Torrance proving that you don’t need to anchor a broomhandle putter to your chin to hole putts.
1:05 John O’Leary’s affro. Still a classic.
1:10 John O’Leary’s caddie. What’s the story with the bow tie? Who is that man and where is he now?
1:16 Seve in full flow. Classic cool.
1:20 Pete Coleman’s affro. Classic.
1:39 Bernhard Langer not suffering from the yips. And Pete Coleman has a new boss.
2:01 Walts, Woosie and Wobbly. Body language often says it all.
2:20 The double breasted suit was popular in 1993.
2:28 Monty’s affro.
2:33 Sergio Garcia and Angel Cabrera. Amazing to think they have two majors between them now. Another young player having early succcess with Titleist.
2:40 Thomas Bjorn looking like he wants to brain someone with his putter.
2:45 Padraig and the Celtic Tiger years. Bank of Ireland on the jumper. Ahh, memories. And Bradley Dredge. Remember him?
2:57 If Shane Lowry goes to the Olympics, it won’t be for the standing high jump.
3:50 Rory in his Jumeirah hat. Ahh memories.
4:01 Darren Clarke. His ball was moved by leprechauns the last time the Irish Open was at Carton House.