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Better times ahead for grateful Sugrue

Professional move can wait after his year was thrown into Covid chaos

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James Sugrue: ‘The Masters is something I’ve watched from an early age and dreamed of playing in’. Photo: Ramsey Cardy

James Sugrue: ‘The Masters is something I’ve watched from an early age and dreamed of playing in’. Photo: Ramsey Cardy

James Sugrue: ‘The Masters is something I’ve watched from an early age and dreamed of playing in’. Photo: Ramsey Cardy

At 9.26 this morning, James Sugrue will begin his challenge for the 36-hole Mallow Scratch Cup. It represents a starkly different scene from the grand plans he was making early this year as the reigning British Amateur Champion.

Sugrue's golfing world began to fall apart on the ominous date of Friday, March 13. That was when an e-mail from Augusta National's chairman, Fred Ridley, advised him that the upcoming Masters Tournament was postponed. Then came word that the US Open, to which he was also invited, would be put back from its original date in June.


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