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JUSTIN ROSE: ‘I AM REALLY HAPPY FOR SERGIO. I WOULD LOVE TO WEAR THE GREEN JACKET, BUT IF IT WASN’T ME, I AM GLAD IT IS HIM’ • From Page 3 And who can forget seeing Rose, statuesque and dignified, giving Garcia the thumbs-up to acknowledge a great shot down the 18th? They made us proud, both of them. Garcia said afterwards: ‘We are good friends so we were very respectful of each other. We were cheering each other on. We wanted to beat the other guy, not the other lose it.’

Heartache Rose said: ‘I am really happy for Sergio. I would love to be wearing the Green Jacket but if it wasn't me, I am glad it is him. He has had his share of heartache over the years. We have been friends for a long time and playing golf against each other since we were 14 years old. ‘

This one’s for you, Seve: Garcia said it was ‘amazing’ to join his Spanish idols Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal as a Masters champion. Right, 2016 champion Danny Willett helps Garcia into the famous Green Jacket

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‘We will get up tomorrow and he will be happy for a month and then golf will take over; I will be unhappy for a month and golf will Michael take over Rees for me.’

The Coast of Ireland Rose, East 36, held a two-shot lead with is fiveblessed with wonderful golf courses, from the southernmost tip north to Dublin and beyond the border. Having golfGarcia buddy is the the perfect way to find them, to explore and enjoy these courses, many of them hidden gems in the truest holes to goan butIrish lost when birdied first extra hole on Sunday. PORTSMOUTH’S Scott Gregory made THISmedicine, year’s Masters was theby lastthe for occasional Hazel Irving asglass the face the BBC’s sense of the words, and for the past•thirty years, we have been taking• the soothed ofofGuinness. This a repeat ofI can the golf played ‘I feelyear it iswas a tournament still we do well in,’ several years ago, concentrated in the said Rose. ‘It's a course you can get toarea know around nothere far from port of time.’ and be Wexford, competitive for athe long, long Rosslare, where the fast cat ferry had delivered us fromwho Fishguard. Rosslare a delightful Rose, has finished tiedissecond, 10th seaside resort with a blue flag beach, a famed and now second in his last three Masters, nature reserve toand a marvellous links golfFred was referring 57-year-old American course, that is always first on the agenda. Couples, winner of the Green Jacket in Close is the the capital 1992,bywho hastown had ofsixWaterford, top-20 finishes in his of sunnyappearances. south east of Ireland, and is lasttheseven Ireland’s oldest city. Host to a number of festivals, the most famous the popular ‘I felt in control all day,’ Roseisadded. “Spraoi” which in 1993 heldand ‘Sometimes thestarted rub of the greenand is forisyou at the end ofit July when sometimes isn't./early I hit aAugust, really good putttheon 18 streets are filled top itquality national in regulation and with thought was going in. Iand see international top to quality myself havingmusic. many Add moresome chances come.’ game fishing and this region is a favourite for many reasons. So much to discover in this fascinating corner of the Emerald Isle, the quality of the golf courses is second to none, and the variety enough to satisfy the most discerning golfers. There are five courses in the immediate vicinity, Rosslare, Wexford, Enniscorthy, St Helens Bay and the nine hole Tuskar Rock, with only a short drive to the lush green of the superb Tramore Golf Club, with twenty seven holes to enjoy. Tramore is one of the oldest clubs in Ireland, formed in 1894, when the game was in its infancy, and there were only thirty clubs in the whole of Ireland. Top of my personal choices will be Rosslare Golf Club, a classic links style course with a friendly welcome in the bar before you go out to play. First round, first glass, served by Steward Ray, who has been at the club for over twenty five years, and is justly proud of the quality of his Guinness. Rosslare has two

the most of his first Augusta golf coverage. courses; the Burrow is twelve holes, and the experience. Championship Course, out and back along • Irvine, above left, has stepped down after 25 years as a golf presenter and eight the• coastline, and one that has hosted many The 22-year-old secured his place years as the corporation’s lead anchor for sport, although she will remain the face national amateur andinprofessional through victory the Britishevents. Amateur of snooker and host major events such as the Olympics. Some of the greatest names Irish golfup have Championship , and hadinwarmed enjoyed the links,inChristy O’Conner Harry with victory the Georgia CupSnr, over • rvine is handing over to Eilidh Barbour, above right, who joins a team that Bradshaw, Peter Townsend, Jimmy Martin US amateur champion Curtis Luck – includes Peter Alliss, Ken Brown and Andrew Cotter. She will make her debut at the and many others. Thehours wind plays a major and by watching of YouTube PGA Championship in May. part of this from golf course, which was designed footage previous Masters. by Hawtree and Taylor. The highlights are the • Barbour has covered golf for BBC Radio 5 Live and is familiar to sports fans dogleg first, the par 5ofseventh, • Scott’s rounds 82 andthe 75 famous were as a reporter on Football Focus, Final Score, the Euro 2016 tournament and FA Cup “Barbers Pole” index 1 eleventh, not enough to avoid the cutthe butshort he par games. She also fronts the BBC’s coverage of women’s football and women’s rugby. 4 thirteenth the devilish par 4 sixteenth, racked upand invaluable exposure as he leading the long narrow eighteenth, a fitting workstotowards qualification for the • Irvine said she wants to ‘re-align my on-air commitments around the changing finale to a very fine links. next Walker Cup squad later this year. needs of my family’. In contrast to the open stretches of Rosslare, Enniscorthy is a tree lined parkland course, with spectacular views to the mountains, with a terrace at the rear of the two storey clubhouse to sit out and enjoy the scenery RORY dreamed of winning McIlroy has also revealed he will make some equipment changes after theMcILROY round. Two great names in coursea Green Jacket that he could wearPat at his forthcoming wedding. following the Masters - including playing with a different ball: ‘I architecture, Ruddy and Eddy Hacket, thought my golf ball this week was doing weird things in the wind, and more latterly Jeff Howes have been McIlroy, whoinhas just signed a new £89million very inconsistent. So there's one thing I will change and try to instrumental ensuring that the course is kept deal with Nike, will wed fiancé Erica Stoll, a USPGA worker. work on.’ at theAmerican forefront of course development.

RORY: Green Jacket would have been good for the wedding!

St Helens Bay is set oh the cliff tops, with can take a relaxing visit to Rathaspeck Par 3 the town, is a more recent addition to golf The deal with Nike is forcourse 10 years and,is as hasfun. stopped making He secured finish Augusta, wait again for several wateranother hazards,top andtengreat seaatviews. It soinmust which veryNike good the area, opened in 1961 it is a parkland clubs and balls, it lets McIlroy’s team negotiate with equipment a chance to win the one Major title eluding him as he seeks to will be remembered for a very testing finishing course situated on the slopes of Mulgannon In the words of author Frank Delaney, companies. At the moment, McIlroy is using Callaway drivers and become the first European to complete a career Grand Slam. stretch of holes, especially the last two, the Hill, this course is another Jeff Howes creation, “To us Irish, memory is a canvas, stretched, irons, Titleist wedges and ball and a Scotty Cameron putter. 17th, a spectacular long par 3, with the St who oversaw the reshaping of the layout, and primed and ready for painting on. We love the McIlroyBay revealed he had of standing at the wedding Helens beachthat on the left,dreamed with a magnetic greens to provide a test for the putter. story part of history, and we love it trimmed Each would obviously like the world No.2 to endorse their products. ceremonytointhe oneout of the most famous jackets planet: ‘It would attraction of bounds. The 18th has on theThe out with colour and drama, ribbons and bows” views from the fine clubhouse and from havereputation been niceoftobeing walkone down the best aisle finishing in the Green Jacket. Would I However, without a logo allowed on his Nike cap or clothes these the of the sentiments that are easy to acknowledge after all parts of the course are spectacular, to the have done Ohayeah, if the par members would have allowed me. If Mr could lead to complex arrangements. holes in thethat? region, very short 4, but with a few days on excellent golf courses, with first north The Blackstairs Mountains and Wexford Payne (Augusta chairman) would havearound allowed me. We're very excited. out of bounds and trouble everywhere class company and fine fayre. The next visit Town, while the southern slopes overlook It's very a great time fairway. in our lives andhere it's would all about the next couple Nike said they were stopping making equipment a competitive the narrow A par be that a over is already on the drawing in board and eagerly Wexford Harbour, and the array of mussel of weeks and I'll come back at the Players Championship refreshed and marketplace in which it only managed to secure nine per cent share very rewarding end to the round. awaited. boats lining the harbour wall. If you are not a married man and start a new chapter in my life.’ despite the patronage of Tiger Woods and McIlroy. Wexford Golf, on the high ground overlooking golfed out after playing those fine courses, you Michael Rees

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