Joe Carr

US Amateur: Solid Dunne refuses to budge at Olympia Fields; reaches quarters and looks dangerous

Paul Dunne is making a habit of creating history and if he wins against the confident young American Bryson DeChambeau in today’s quarter-finals of the US Amateur Championship he will become the first Irishman to reach the last four since Joe Carr at Pebble Beach 54 years ago.

US Amateur: Solid Dunne refuses to budge at Olympia Fields; reaches quarters and looks dangerous

The legend of John Jacobs and 50 years of Leopardstown Golf Centre

Golf was a popular sport in Ireland, with great traditions and a proud history of achievement, when John Jacobs entered the fray in the mid 1960s with his vision for taking the game to a new level in this country.

The legend of John Jacobs and 50 years of Leopardstown Golf Centre

The greening of Augusta - Ireland at the Masters

Augusta National is so alien to Irish golfing sensibilities (if you ignore the links-like contours) that just about the only thing we can relate to is the colour of the jacket given to the winner of the Masters Tournament every year.

The greening of Augusta - Ireland at the Masters

Reading the greens at Christmas

Four golf books reached me this year and one or all of them may make a useful addition to your library. All four are very different - a novel, a compendium, an annual and a travel guide - yet they are all well worth a few hours of your time.