Sunday 22 October 2017

Investment pays for 'Team Shaw'

Liam Kelly

Liam Kelly

GARETH SHAW'S decision to invest in building a team around him has paid off. Shaw, from Lurgan, and twice a winner of the North of Ireland Amateur Championship, has been a pro for five years, but in early 2012 he opted to build a support team around him.

His coach Johnny Foster, mind coach Fergus Wallace and putting coach Graham Leslie are the main components of 'Team Shaw'. They believe in him, and now the 27-year-old is believing in himself, especially after a joint fifth finish on eight-under-par for the Irish Open in his first full European Tour event.

He will quickly follow that by playing in the French Open next week thanks to his high finish at Carton House. Yesterday Shaw opened with two bogeys but recovered with a par on the third hole, and went on to finish five-under-par for the next 15 holes.

Is this a career-changing week? "Maybe. I've just got to stick at it and keep doing the same things," he said.

"The coaches I work with have been preaching that for the last two years 'consistency, consistency' to the point where I'm like 'guys, we've gotta change it up, I'm bored with this' but this is nice to repay them. It's great."

Indeed it is: Shaw won €61,920 for his performance – a big improvement on the €13,195 he had earned so far this year.

Irish Independent

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