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Ruaidhri McGee back in the swing of professional golf and hopes his hot form leads to DP World Tour spot

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Ruaidhri McGee is pleased with his standard of displays as he tries to secure a place on the DP World Tour

Ruaidhri McGee is pleased with his standard of displays as he tries to secure a place on the DP World Tour

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Ruaidhri McGee is pleased with his standard of displays as he tries to secure a place on the DP World Tour

Derry’s Ruaidhri McGee is happy and hungry heading into this week’s Irish Challenge after returning to the professional sphere with a bang this year.

The 31-year-old only played one event between September 2019 and June 2022, instead choosing to ride out the Covid-19 pandemic in Florida with wife Madeline, with his only forays back into full-time golf being a trip home for the NI Open in 2020 and then an attempt to qualify for the Korn Ferry Tour in the USA.

But McGee is back into full-time life on the Challenge Tour having made his return at the Empordà Challenge in June and has settled back in like he was never away, finishing in the top-25 in four of his five events.

The best result of all was finishing as runner-up at the Open de Bretagne, just one shot behind winner Alfie Plant, and his performances have left him in 27th on the Road to Mallorca needing to break into the top-20 to earn playing rights on the DP World Tour for next season.

And as he prepares to tee it up at The K Club today at the Irish Challenge, McGee is keen to translate those displays into a promotion.

“I feel like the season has gone well. I’ve been hard on myself to try and get the win but I’ve only played five events, so to be where I am, I’m pretty happy,” he says.

“With such a long break, I’m really happy with where my game is, so hopefully I can keep moving onwards and upwards.

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“Hopefully I can finish in the top-20 and get onto the DP World Tour and take it from there.”

Ballymena’s Dermot McElroy, Galgorm’s Tom McKibbin and Malone amateur Matthew McClean are also in action at The K Club this week.


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