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David Higgins sets sights on an historic Irish hat-trick

 

By Paul Kelly

David Higgins is chasing an unprecedented treble this week at Dromoland Castle in the PGA Irish Club Professional Tournament (May 16-17).

Victory in the two-day event sponsored by Carr Golf, DS Automobiles and Monami Construction would secure a third win in a row for the 45-year-old.

"It would be a great thing to add to the CV and I would love to do it," said Higgins. "If you win three in a row at anything you are doing something right. I would be delighted to do it, especially around Dromoland Castle."

Higgins won his first Irish Club Pro title in 2016 at Dunmurry Springs, edging out Michael McDermott (Grange GC) in a play-off, and then made it two in a row last year at Dromoland Castle, carding a pair of 72s to win by three shots.

The Co Clare venue proved to be a real challenge last year as unseasonably warm weather dried out the course.

The defending champion isn't expecting anything similar this year, but is still braced for a tough examination.

"It's a difficult course to score on regardless of the conditions," he added.

"It doesn't give you a lot of birdie chances and there are quite a lot of difficult shots.

"A lot of the newer courses are not so demanding off the tee. Guys can stand up and just whack it where they want which takes away one of my strong points, accuracy off the tee. Dromoland doesn't suit that type of player."

The action gets under way with a pro-am event today.

Round one of the PGA Irish Club Professional Tournament starts at 8am tomorrow.

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