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Fairweather and Campbell out to stake claim for a Walker Cup spot


By Steve Timmons

Ireland have headed to Yorkshire with the aim of defending their crown as Moortown hosts this year's Men's Home Internationals, starting today.

There are three new faces from the squad that clinched victory 12 months ago at Nairn, Scotland with Peter O'Keefe (Douglas), Colin Fairweather (Knock) and Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk) coming in for Tiarnan McLarnon (Masserenne), Sean Flanagan (County Sligo) and Tullamore's Stuart Grehan, who is playing in the US Amateur Championship.

And there are several stars lining up for the Irish hoping to impress in what is the last audition for a place in this year's Walker Cup squad.

Colm Campbell (Warrenpoint), Robin Dawson (Tramore), Alex Gleeson (Castle), Paul McBride (The Island) and Conor O'Rourke (Naas) are all in contention for the 10-man squad for the 46th Walker Cup at Los Angeles Country Club from September 9-10.

Meanwhile, fans can relive the drama and excitement of the 2017 Galgorm Resort & Spa Northern Ireland Open, presented by Modest! Golf, on television this week.

The new format of the competition at the course on the outskirts of Ballymena proved a big hit with players and spectators alike and was won by France's Robin Sciot-Siegris.

You can catch the highlights on Sky Sports Golf today at 10am, 3pm and 9pm. It will also be screened on BBC One NI on Friday, August 18 at 10.35pm and BBC Two NI on Saturday, August 19 at 8.30pm.

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