The PGA in Ireland said it expects up to 30,000 applications from players seeking to turn professional this year.

The news comes as golf clubs around the country reopened this week after lockdown allowing everyone to avail of an Irish Government scheme to incentivise careers in professional golf, by paying people €350 a week to play four days in a row. 

Future pros getting a taste of Tour life this week.

"What's not to love about the Tour life?" said prolific 14 handicapper Derek Dundon of Mount Rathbridge Golf Club after he completed his fourth round in as many days. "Out here golfing in the sun every day, few cans of cider, getting a tan on the ould legs; it's like being Ernie Els at a WGC event, there's no cut and I get a cheque into the account on Friday no matter how shite I play. The only downside is my back is fucking killing me."

Other countries are now looking at the successful Irish scheme as a means of possibly winning Majors in a couple of decades time.

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