Alfred Dunhill Links

Irish draw on the positives from Alfred Dunhill Links

Two mistakes cost Rory McIlroy the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship but while the world No 1 takes three weeks off before the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, Peter Lawrie, Shane Lowry and Pádraig Harrington will be hoping to ride some momentum and end the year on a high.

Irish draw on the positives from Alfred Dunhill Links

Lowry looks at the positives

Shane LowryShane Lowry had little luck with the putter when he needed it on Sunday. Picture Stuart Adams 25th August 2013A couple of back nine wobbles cost Shane Lowry the Alfred Dunhill LInks title but the Clara man’s share of third at the Home of Golf has made him even more determined to return to the winner’s circle this season.

Lowry slays Car-nasty to set up Top 50 chance

Shane Lowry, pictured at The Open this summer, is just two shots off the lead in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship following a course record equalliing 64 at Carnoustie. Picture Eoin Clarke www.golffile.ieLow expectations can sometimes help a player and they certainly worked for Shane Lowry who shot a course record equalling 64 at Carnoustie to move into contention for a win that could catapult him into the world’s top 50.

Putting the key to Hoey's quest for stardom

Michael Hoey basks in his moment of glory. Picture by Stuart Adams/www.golffile.iePutting coach Phil Kenyon might not have been amused by our recent Darren Clarke anecdote regarding the Dungannon man’s deep mistrust of his ability to putt as the Open loomed at Sandwich.

Clarke made a mockery of his own assertion that “I still can’t f***ing” putt by winning the Claret Jug with an impressive display on the greens when it really counted.

And Kenyon can take a bow again following Michael Hoey’s sensational two stroke victory in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on the Old Course on Sunday.

Classy Hoey comes of age on the Old Course

King of the links. Rounds of 66, 66, 66 and 68 gave Michael Hoey victory in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Picture Stuart Adams / At times it’s been pure agony. Six visits to the Q-School. Injuries. Illnesses. Insomnia. Gut-wrenching periods of self-doubt. Less frequently he’s been too high, too confident. But Michael Hoey, a golfer who’s worn his human frailties on his sleeve like a badge of honour since he turned professional nine years ago, embraced his fear of failure (and success) by clinching a career-changing victory at the Old Course on Sunday.

Hoey set to fulfill his huge potential

Michael Hoey will be hoping to hang on to his three shot lead when he stands to the 18th tee at St Andrews with his old pal Graeme McDowell. Picture Stuart Adams / Four Irishmen are in the top four at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. But while fourth-placed Padraig Harrington and Rory McIlroy are desperate for a win and second-placed Graeme McDowell could do with a boost after his annus horribilis, Michael Hoey will be more determined than the rest to close out what would be the biggest triumph of his career.

Clarke makes no secret of Ryder Cup ambitions

European Vice Captains, Darren Clarke and Sergio Garcia fool around on the 16th tee during practice at the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor. Picture Eoin Clarke/ What do you get the man who has everything? In Darren Clarke’s case, the Ryder Cup captaincy will do nicely, thank you. Yes, he has to be asked, but Clarke has made it clear that he wants to be asked. How soon? Pretty damn soon if his game doesn’t pick up.

Harrington now world No 84

Padraig Harrington hits balls on the range before the final round in Austria. Photo Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.iePadraig Harrington is keen to hook up with his new coach Pete Cowen again at this week’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship where he will seek a result that will halt his dramatic slide down the world rankings and the Race to Dubai standings.

Confident Cutler turns pro - "It’s the same club and ball"

Paul Cutler will make his professional debut in next week’s Austrian Open. Pictured above in the Irish Open as an amateur last month. Credit: Fran Caffrey/golffile.ieA few years ago Paul Cutler had little in common with Padraig Harrington, Luke Donald or Graeme McDowell.

But after helping Great Britain and Ireland to Walker Cup victory at Royal Aberdeen last weekend, the 22-year old from Portstewart has moved smoothly up the golden staircase to the paid ranks.