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golfer.jpgGOLF is now more popular in Ireland than in the sport’s traditional home of Scotland, according to new figures from KPMG which reveal that 7% of Irish people are affiliated to their national golf union via club membership, compared with only 5% in Scotland.

The success of Irish golfers, as epitomised by Padraig Harrington’s victory in last year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie, is helping to spark a golf boom on the Emerald Isle, with the sport now more popular there than anywhere else in Europe.

Okay, so it’s only two percent more that are clubsters.  But that, overall, it’s more popular than anyplace else in Europe is notable.

Maybe it’s also the lack of pretentiousness on the part of the Irish golf industry. Reading anecdotes about notables in golf being turned away by some Scottish clubs because they didn’t make reservations six months in advance – and accepting it because “It’s Scotland!”. Reminds me of New Yorkers and their fascination with being rejected by the Soup Nazi.

Then again, maybe the Irish have better 19th-holes.

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Written by PappyBro

February 2, 2008 at 12:47

Posted in Golf

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