Sunday 25 August 2019

Excited Vidaor hails 'amazing' Lahinch

A view from the 9th tee over the par 5, 12th hole (left to bridge) with the 10th and 13th greens in the foreground on the The Old Course at Lahinch Golf Club, Co. Clare, Ireland. Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images
A view from the 9th tee over the par 5, 12th hole (left to bridge) with the 10th and 13th greens in the foreground on the The Old Course at Lahinch Golf Club, Co. Clare, Ireland. Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

Brian Keogh

Tournament Director Miguel Vidaor has no fears for Lahinch as the game's best take on the classic Clare links in this week's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, writes Brian Keogh.

The Spaniard is ready to give 12 of the world's top 50, including 2017 champion Jon Rahm (11th), England's Tommy Fleetwood (20th), South African Louis Oosthuizen (21st) and Shane Lowry (35th), a challenging and fun test as the prepare for The Open.

"The course is amazing considering they almost lost the fairways last year with the drought," he said. "Fantastic! I don't care about the winning score, and I am not worried about them going crazy because that's not going to happen.

"Yesterday, it was blowing 25mph and if you get that, this place is brutal in that north-west crosswind."

He added: "If conditions are really calm, we can tuck the pins away and we have some cracking hole locations, like back right on six, long on 13. Nine! We can really play with it here."

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