Monday 26 September 2016

Punching above our weight with two Dunhill Cup wins

Published 29/04/2015 | 00:00

Dunhill Cup winning team 1990
Dunhill Cup winning team 1990

The Dunhill Cup triumphs of 1988 and 1990 were especially notable for leadership - the Irish way.

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 When urging Des Smyth and Ronan Rafferty to optimum effort in 1988, Eamonn Darcy instructed: "Now listen to me . . . and go off and do your own thing." Two years later, the mood was more sombre when Rafferty and Philip Walton had David Feherty as captain. Indeed after Feherty's play-off win for the title over England's Howard Clark, a casual passer-by would have had problems identifying the winner. "Anyone who enjoys this must be a masochist," was Clark's reaction. With barely disguised panic, Feherty agreed. "The enigma of golf is that it's going to hurt if you're to do well."

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