Monday 16 September 2019

Kenny soaking up Masters magic

Augusta Diary

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Brian Keogh

Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny sounded keen to get back into the swing of things and hit the fairways again as he drank in the atmosphere at the Masters.

The Mayo man (67) was a guest of the Golf Writers' Association of America's (GWAA) awards annual dinner in Augusta on Wednesday, where he was speaking as a patron of event sponsors ISPS Handa, a Japanese non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the involvement of the visually disabled in golf.

"When I was in the job, I couldn't play golf," the former 13-handicapper (above) said of his tenure as Taoiseach.

"So the first thing I did was get a new bicycle and a new set of clubs and I'm trying to get back out there again."

How many golf tips he picked up this week remains a mystery but he got to meet some of the game's greats at the GWAA awards.

"I met the Tiger anyway," he added.

 

Player hoping for McIlroy Grand Slam

Gary Player believes that it would be huge for golf if Rory McIlroy could complete the career Grand Slam this week and become just the sixth man to win all four Majors.

"Whether he wins or not this week, he has the best swing in the field without a question," Player said.

"I remember Tiger saying, 'You think I'm talented? This guy has got even more talent.' Well, I don't know whether that's true or not, but he certainly has an enormous amount of talent."

Player is convinced that golf needs a new hero to boost flagging participation and he sees Mcllroy as the perfect poster boy.

He added: "If I had to pick somebody I would like to see Rory win because it would join the five of us, and it would give golf a boost.

"The rounds are down, and golf, as we all know, it's time‑consuming and expensive, so we would love to see Rory win."

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