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Royal appointment
19 June 2014

Royal appointment

Well, the big news right now is that the R&A have invited Royal Portrush to stage the Open Championship! What a massive honour for my home club and home town, it doesn't get any better!

Loads of work has been going on behind the scenes to make this happen and it's going to be a wonderful sporting event in one of the best locations in the world. It'll be a boost to the whole economy in the area and the general interest in Northern Ireland not only as a golfing destination but as a spectacular country which will now be up there on the world stage.

Obviously it's very special for me being a previous winner of the Claret Jug but extra special as it's 'home'.

It's good to be back on Irish soil this week to play in the Irish Open at Fota Island down in Co. Cork. The course is in fantastic shape and the weather is set fair which will make a nice change as all the events this year seem to have been hampered by bad weather!

On the golfing front I don't have much to report as it's a case of nearly there but not quite, but I'm working hard on my game and feel confident that it's coming together nicely. Patience is key.

I am, however, still maintaining my fitness and am pleased that I've been able to keep to my routines and I've definitely dropped a couple of sizes!

I must take this opportunity to congratulate the young ISM professional, Garrick Porteous, who notched up his first professional win at the EuroPro event at The Astbury near Bridgnorth in Shropshire. My attachment is The Astbury and have to say that the course is just fantastic with the most wonderful greens, well worth a visit if you're in that area.

Also a big thanks to City Gate Dental Care in Cork who saw me at such short notice and did a fabulous job of sorting out a filling that I'd managed to lose!

That's it for now. Cheers, DC.

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