Thursday 21 November 2019

O'Connell's driving 'maul' over the place

With the Irish team on the brink of securing Maynooth's Carton House as their dedicated World Cup warm-up camp this summer, Paul O'Connell and Keith Wood snatched a couple of holes for the BBC cameras last week.

O'Connell's handicap remains in single figures and he probably still harbours an ambition to play in the South of Ireland at some stage of his life -- albeit his rustiness is clearly evident.

"I have a brand new set of TaylorMades that I have been dying to use," he reports on his O2 'Be The Difference' blog. "I've managed just four holes prior to this -- and was pleasantly surprised when I coaxed a five-iron to 20 feet on a gorgeous par-three.

"My smugness quickly evaporated when I proceeded to three-putt, my first effort barely covering half the distance to the hole.

"I sliced my drive on the par-five, a beautiful hole by the river, laid up with a five-iron and then failed to keep my wedge shot dry. At that point we had to finish up, which was probably just as well." DK

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