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The Open - getting to know James Sugrue

​He's the Amateur Champion and he plays the first of at least three majors over the coming months. 

  • 15 July 2019

​PHOTO BY GOLFFILE

We caught up with James and put some all important questions to him. 

How did you get into golf?

My auntie's husband took me up to the driving range when I was probably like eight or so.

What was your first prize in golf?

I think it was a prize in a junior competition in Mallow run by a lady called Jo Foley.

Your first cap for Ireland?

I think it was at Hilton Templepatrick in the four nations event.

What's your best score or round?

I shot 9 under in Mallow but in tournament golf it was last year in The Open Championship qualifying, 8 under par (64).

Ever had a hole in one?

No, never!

Driver or putter?

Oh, driver all day!

Your most memorable shot?

Probably at Portmarnock a few weeks ago, I hit a three-wood into the sixth - that was splendid!

Favourite par three in golf?

The 17th at Sawgrass.

The course you must play before you die?

I'm going to have to say Augusta.

Your dream four-ball?

Geoff Lenehan, Tiger Woods and Eddie Pepperell

Sporting hero?

Tiger Woods or Brian Corcoran

Favourite golf book?

The Big Miss - My years coaching Tiger Woods by Hank Haney

Any pieces of advice you've picked up along the years?

A friend of mine once told me to 'trust the process', I always remember that one.


James tees off at 6.35am on Thursday 18th July in round one of The Open.