Irish Golf Moving Centre Stage

It was the last act on an incredibly busy weekend for Irish sport but it was one which in terms of money and prestige was perhaps one of the most important.

The Hamilton Golf and Country Club was the scene for the Canadian Open, taking place the week before the US Open, three weeks before the Irish Open at Lahinch and five before the 14th Open Championship at Royal Portrush.

It also saw three Irish players feature in the Top 10 of a PGA tournament perhaps for the first time in history.

Rory McIlroy shot a closing round of 61 to secure his second win of 2019 and a €1.1 Million payday.  It also gives him a rush of confidence heading towards the third Major of the season at Pebble Beach, California next week.

Shane Lowry finished second, securing his 3rd straight Top 10 finish on the Tour and lifting him to 32nd in the World Rankings, the fourth highest he has been in his career and a climb from 89th where he was after the same tournament only 12 months ago.

The third winner from the weekend was Graeme McDowell whose finish inside the Top 10 earned him an exemption for the 148th Open Championship taking place at Royal Portrush between the 18th and 21st of July.

It would have been a real blow not to have had him in the field for the high point of Northern Ireland’s golfing history but that has now been sorted.

We are heading into a period when Irish golf will be on the world stage like at no time in its history and to get such a high level of performance to kick off the coming weeks is a massive boost.

Sport for Business will be focusing heavily on the sport throughout the period, building up to our hosting the 2019 Sport for Business Sport for Social Good Conference as part of the Open Championship celebrations at the University of Ulster on July 18th.


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