Who has enjoyed the (what GMac called) "raw" test that was Irish Open at Royal County Down this week?

Or who prefers a winning score of -20 in hot sunshine with no wind on a straight up straight down monster next week?

I for one have loved watching the best players in the world tested; I've enjoyed seeing lesser lights like Soren Kjeldsen, Maximillian Kieffer and Tyrell Hatton thrive in the purest form of the game.  Yes I am sad that Rory McIlrory missed the cut, but it says a lot for the European Tour that it set up the course to find the best player this week, not the best player in the world.

The other thing I've noticed from being at the Irish Open is how much comparison is being made between Royal County Down and this year's US Open venue Chamber's Bay.  Are we watching next month's champion somewhere out on the course at the Irish Open. We may very well be.

Tournament director Miguel has set up the course a little more manageable for the final round but the wind is up stronger than the first three days and whoever wins will have worked hard for their paycheck.

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