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Monday 18th December 2017

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FOLLOW US 18.12.2017 | SUBSCRIBE HERE CONTENTS CLICK TO VIEW PUBLISHERS: Tel: +353 (0)1 4199 604 Walton Media, Unit E7 Calmount Office Park, Ballymount, Dublin 12 SALES: Anders Johansson Tel: +353 (1) 456 9369 Email: EDITORIAL: David Gorman Tel: +353 1 460 3273 Email: CONTRIBUTORS: Brian Keogh, Paul Kelly DESIGN: Rogério Viola Jnr PHOTOGRAPHY: Getty Images, Inpho, Pat Cashman ACCOUNTS: Joanna Zha, Tel: +353 1 460 3273 COPYRIGHT: No part of this magazine may be used or reproduced without written permission of Walton Media. If such permission is granted, the source must be acknowledged at time and place of use. HOME TERRE BLANCHE David Gorman from home since 1993. The Americans are confident after their victory in the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine, and their team of Spieth, Johnson, Thomas et al will be formidable opponents. But let's not rule out the spirit and talent of Thomas Bjorn's team, and Europe have often played their best golf as underdogs. Le Golf National is a monster of a course at its toughest, with water providing a constant hazard for wayward shots. Bjorn is likely to set up the course in favour of the Europeans, who tend to be more accurate than the Americans, while the Americans prefer a long driving and putting contest like Hazeltine. Justin Rose, who won again this week, Henrik Stenson, Rory McIlroy and others will relish the challenge of a ball-strikers course and the battle will be fascinating. The European team should include new stars like Tommy Fleetwood and Tyrrell Hatton, NEWS IN BRIEF CÔTE D'AZUR IAGTO IRISH NEWS STATS while we hope to see Paul Dunne or Shane Lowry make the team as well. The event will be a celebration of golf in France, which has a rich history. The French Open is over 100 years old, and the French golfer Arnaud Massy was one of the great professionals at the turn of the century, winning the 1907 Open. The first Olympic golf event was in Paris in 1900, and golf will return there in 2024. Vive la France and we hope you have a happy new year!

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