Top Irish PGA professional and star of many GolfCentralDaily instructional videos John Kelly pulled a sicky the other day and headed off to Royal County Down for a 2015 Irish Open practice round.  Here his Q&A on what's in store for this years event.

All the mags rate RCD as one of the best in the world. Is it that good?
It's a long time since I had played RCD and in all honesty I forgot how good it was. The course is in fantastic condition and playing like a true links.

Was it blowing a gale and how important will wind be?
Today there wasn't much wind blowing only about 7-8 mph but if the wind blows it could make it very difficult. The fairways are undulating and being so bouncy it makes them play much smaller than they appear from the tee. The greens are also bouncy and it will be difficult to get very close to pins.

Backspin or Rafa Nadal topspin on iron shots?
A shot down wind today was taking about 20 yards to stop from about 160 yards even in to the wind the ball was bouncing on about 10 yards. This also makes the greens small targets.

When you miss the green is it like pulling off a toenail with a pliers?
Around the green there are run off areas and depending where you run off you could be faced with an extremely tough up and down. I would expect to see a lot of putting from just off greens.

What type of player will the Irish Open suit this year?
The course is tough, very demanding off the tee and accuracy will be vital  going into the greens. Being bouncy it will test every aspect of everyone's game. Patience will be key. Everyone will have a good bounce and bad bounces. Its going to be an interesting week ahead.

How will it compare to the Irish Open at Portrush where Jamie Donaldson won?
The last time the Irish Open was played on a links at Portrush the course was praised by everyone I would expect the same at RCD. The course will be tougher to score on than Portrush.

Winning score prediction John?
If there's no wind 12 under par wins. If the wind blows nobody will finish under par!

Who will win?
Looking at a winner local knowledge will be massive so it's hard to look past Rory McIlroy; if not Rory I think we will get an Irish winner but you can figure that one out!

Best of luck John!

To book a lesson with John at St Margaret's Golf and Country Club call him on 086-8155248 or +353-86-8155248 from outside Ireland.

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