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Rahm is the man but Irish guile can pay at Sandwich

Brian Keogh


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Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy after their practice round at Royal St George's, Sandwich. Photo: Paul Childs/Reuters

Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy after their practice round at Royal St George's, Sandwich. Photo: Paul Childs/Reuters

Jon Rahm of Spain

Jon Rahm of Spain

Ireland's Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke during a practice round REUTERS/Paul Childs

Ireland's Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke during a practice round REUTERS/Paul Childs

Shane Lowry

Shane Lowry

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Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy after their practice round at Royal St George's, Sandwich. Photo: Paul Childs/Reuters

Patience is a virtue, and it will be this week as Ireland’s quartet of Open champions bid to make it six Irish wins in the last 14 years.

They do not include David Feherty, who fared well just twice in The Open. But while neither of his top-10 finishes came on the roly-poly fairways of Royal St George’s, famously described by straight-hitting Fred Funk as “a 400-acre pinball machine”, the Bangor man knows mental torture when he sees it.


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