The Day’s Finest

Shane Lowry told Philip Reid in today’s Irish Times, that as things get under way at Royal Portrush, he was hoping to fly under the radar. That was before a storming 4 under par performance that captured the imagination.

As always with Shane Lowry, he was in relaxed form, despite the fact that he’s missed the cut on his last four showings at The Open.

The links course has changed somewhat since he won an amateur title at the Co. Antrim course, and interestingly the Offaly native cited despite having high expectations, it is also about lowering them when the links play gets underway.

It certainly paid dividends today.

There has been more golf writing then you can shake a 4-iron at in the build up to today’s action. And Ryan Herrington didn’t fail to disappoint in Golf Digest, in his account of the work that went into Royal Portrush being brought up to par, ahead of the tournament.

Tony Considine, writing for Independent.ie, continued on his interesting series, whereby he compares legends of hurling with some of the new, rising generation.

Today, he spoke about John Fenton, who captured the imagination in the 1980’s, peaking when he lifted the Liam MacCarthy Cup as Cork captain in 1984.

The balance of the piece, was a look at the exploits and potential of current Charleville midfielder Darragh Fitzgibbon, a player of immense promise, whose sideline cuts are reminiscent of his fellow countyman.

Ahead of a potentially career defining fight in California tonight, Ballybofey middleweight Jason Quigley spoke to Gavan Casey of The42.ie.

Not surprisingly, Casey finds real depth in his subject, who speaks of wellbeing and the impact sports psychologist Gerry Hussey has had on his approach to the sport.