Saturday 18 November 2017

Yates eyes K Club spot

Jack Hume of Ireland. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Jack Hume of Ireland. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile Newsdesk

Naas aces Jack Hume and Jonathan Yates promise a contrast of styles as they chase the Flogas Irish Amateur Open title and a guaranteed spot alongside the superstars in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

World No 10 Hume (22) is the red-hot favourite to produce a clinical, Jordan Spieth-like performance at Royal Dublin and clinch what would be his third individual win of the season.

But after winning the West of Ireland at Easter, Yates (22) is bursting with confidence and gunning to use his driving power to attack the Dollymount track.

There will be three amateurs in the field for the Irish Open in a fortnight but while the GUI are likely to nominate Hume as one of their two picks, the other place goes to the winner of this week's 72-hole stroke play contest.

Yates said: "The biggest thing for me this week is the Irish Open spot in The K Club because I live 10 minutes away and I caddie there so I know it really well."

Winning to order at Royal Dublin won't be easy with a 120-strong field featuring 77 overseas players from 16 countries.

Hume is the 13/2 favourite with the bookies and having finished third, sixth and 20th over the last three years, he knows that Spieth-like patience is key.

"It's about staying patient and sticking in and then waiting for that run where a burst of birdies can get you into a good position," said Hume.

"You can see why Jordan Spieth does so well. He thinks and manages himself better than anybody else."

Irish Independent

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