Wednesday 16 August 2017

Tiger Ring quits when he's at the top of his game

Padraig Harrington and Michael Ring, Minister of State of Tourism and Sport.
Padraig Harrington and Michael Ring, Minister of State of Tourism and Sport.
Michael Ring and Padraig Harrington at Stackstown Golf Club. Photo: Peter Houlihan / Fennells

AS a general rule, if a politician is requested to do something with some class of a ball for the benefit of a posse of eager photographers, the result is inevitably Snappers 1: Politician 0.

And so it was with a bit of trepidation that Junior Sports Minister Michael Ring found himself on the 18th green at Stackstown Golf Club this week in the presence of golf champ Padraig Harrington, some publicity-hungry folk from Failte Ireland and – natch – photographers.

Michael was launching the Irish Open which takes place at the Fota Island Resort in Cork in June, and was asked if he wouldn't mind putting a few balls for the benefit of the cameras. The Mayo minister – unlike his constituency and party colleague the Taoiseach, who is a useful enough golfer – the Ringer was on unfamiliar turf.

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