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Mullingar's Morgan determined to realise Scratch Cup dream after recent health scare

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Des Morgan

Des Morgan is determined to "live life" and chase his Mullingar Scratch Cup dream just 10 weeks after a four-hour operation to have a faulty heart defibrillator replaced.

The popular 32-year-old Mullingar man (right) , who has suffered from SADS – or sudden arrhythmic death syndrome – since 2004, feared he was having a massive heart attack when the defibrillator he had inserted suddenly kicked into action on a trip to Spain. The former Leinster interprovincial, who will tee it up with newly crowned Irish Amateur Open champion Robbie Cannon and Newlands' Andrew Hogan in the first two rounds today, had surgery to replace the defibrillator on March 4 and didn't play his first round of golf until last Sunday. But he's determined to give the Scratch Cup another shot, having finished second to Brian Casey last year and to Shane Lowry in 2008.

"I got the all-clear from the surgeon and cardiologist three weeks ago and they said that all the tests were good and the body had healed quite quickly," said Morgan. "So if they are happy, I am happy."

A clash with the Welsh Amateur Open has denied Mullingar some big names but there's still a top-class field, with 2011 winner Nicky Grant among the favourites to lift the title after tomorrow's final 36 holes. Officials plan to return to the traditional August Bank Holiday weekend date next season.

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