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General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: April 16, 2018, 07:17:04 PM »
can someone get this fella Rory's autograph

you havent a effin clue

if you talk to anyone involved competitive amateur golf from 10 years ago esp from outside the north, they will tell you about the charming Gerry McIlroy and his equally affable bankroller / son.

acts like marking an opponents ball with L before a round to signify he was a loser and plenty of classy acts like it.

running charitable foundations to avoid tax does plenty of good but it wont buy class

I'd like to hear more about this. You don't generally have any reason to touch your opponents golf ball - much less take a Sharpie out and write something on it.

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General discussion / Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
« on: April 11, 2018, 06:57:33 PM »
Not to derail the thread lads - but my vote would go to the roads. The litter on the roadside from Dublin to Omagh is insane every time I make the drive, really is pass remarkable.

Who is responsible for that in the South and the North - and why is it not being tackled (efficiently - assuming some has a responsibility to clean it up)? I assume somehow citizens of both places are paying for a service of sorts. Crazy that a country as full of national pride as Ireland has citizens happy to toss their chipper bags and bottles out the windows.

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General discussion / Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
« on: April 11, 2018, 04:44:34 PM »
Interesting question Fionn, primarily because of your locale. Obviously it's been a while since I've lived at home but local news has always alluded to a serious antisocial behavior problem in Fintona and by extrapolation it would long have been regarded as a bit of a shithole. Perhaps it's been cleaned up of late but I lived across the street from a former policeman who has since retired - and Fintona was his unit's problem for the better part of the 1995 to date. When he wasn't looking under his car before getting into it.

Some serious posters gone from that original thread.
That's fair comment Puck. There was a growing problem involving drug dealing in the place from around the early 90's or so that often came to a head later that decade and into a fair bit of the noughties, not to mention a growing anti-social problem which was rooted in a few families in the area whom were able to silently intimidate a lot of other people and were in likelyhood a bunch of ten pound touts with the troubles still fresh in the memory. I still remember some of the stuff that went on including a van (allegedly containing a high street value of Columbia's finest) being shot at out the Dromore Road, a vigilante group that were going to "deal" with the boys from a certain family until the cops managed to get through a broken glass barricade, a bunch of joyriders crashing their car about 20 metres from my front door then setting it alight, and so on.

While there's still the occasional troublemaker, most of the original ones that gave grief in the 90's and 00's have either grown up, moved away, in jail, became neutered junkies etc. where it's a lot quieter compared to say 15 to 20 years ago where opening the "In The Courts" section of the Ulster Herald every Thursday would guarantee you that you would read about at least one person from Fintona being up for something. It also perhaps helped that when a number of Polish and Lithuanian men moved in during the mid '00s they didn't take much shit from them.

Nowadays, while Ashfield Gardens can still be hairaising on occasion things tend to be more peaceful. That's not to say there hasn't been some problems but they're far from simply being a problem restricted to South Central Fintona. All the rural bank branches are getting closed in West Tyrone & much of the west of the Bann, most standalone Post Offices are now being moved into shops and supermarkets, Police stations in most villages have been closing on a gradual basis, long established family run businesses have been closing up because the owners are now at retirement age and none of their children, or anyone else really, wants to take it on etc. But again that's not just Fintona - Dromore, Irvinestown, Carrickmore, Beragh, Gortin, Newtownstewart and the smaller villages still are all in that same boat. That's just a sign of the times, a case of having to adapt or be left behind.

Would I say Fintona's now a better place than it was say 10-20 years ago? I'd say yes, despite the closure of some long-run businesses some new ones have sprung up in their place, the town is generally tidy as long as the council send someone round to remove dog shite from the pavements more than once a month (or at least that was the case 1-2 years ago), there's a fair bit to do in terms of activities that can be expected of a place that's the size of Fintona. Indeed Andrew Short should be given a welcome nod for helping host a number of events at the Ecclesville Centre over the years. Just one thing about the local council - the sooner that pay-toilet that was dumped on us (no pun intended) because no one at the Scarffe's Entry car park in Omagh was bothering to use it, the better. It will not be missed.

Fair response. I'd have a close connection to Drumquin and the Derg as well, and see the same thing happening in those communities.

Nice to see Fintona picking up - the golf club seems to do great business there.

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General discussion / Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
« on: April 11, 2018, 01:00:13 PM »
Interesting question Fionn, primarily because of your locale. Obviously it's been a while since I've lived at home but local news has always alluded to a serious antisocial behavior problem in Fintona and by extrapolation it would long have been regarded as a bit of a shithole. Perhaps it's been cleaned up of late but I lived across the street from a former policeman who has since retired - and Fintona was his unit's problem for the better part of the 1995 to date. When he wasn't looking under his car before getting into it.

Some serious posters gone from that original thread.

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General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: April 11, 2018, 12:31:02 PM »
I didn't notice that in fairness AZ. Maybe he did, but I certainly felt that Rory's pace was quick, even by recreational golf standards.

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General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: April 09, 2018, 10:50:00 PM »
Too much overthinking it here. Reed played a blinder and Rory would have needed a 67 on the final day to go level with him, or it would have been another hard luck story. Of course that 67 is doable, but itís not doable around Augusta with a cold putter.

Iíd suggest he just lost a bit of interest once he realised he couldnít force the win. Nothing more sinister than that.

His recent better putting has been largely attributed to feel and a return to trusting his instinct. Iím not sure if more time in the range would improve that.

If a caddy is even halfway as important as some believe then Diamond did a fine job this week, as for 64 holes Rory player very measured and pragmatic golf. His bag man might have misread every putt wrong by 3mm on that front 9 yesterday, but I doubt it, for as mentioned above, Rory is back to putting with feel.

The last 20 majors have seen 17 different winners. This is golf in 2018. There wonít be Tiger style domination of this sport for many, many years, and itís a tad unfair to lambast Rory for not doing so.

I don't think Rory's caddies even look at the putts. Maybe JP in the past but not now. One minor criticism, from an 11 index to a multiple major champion is that he played very very quickly yesterday. Specifically on the greens. Quick to mark, line and hit. Perhaps that's an intentional mindset before nonsense can creep in, but I don't think it served him well yesterday.

Brad Faxon had been working with him in recent months on freeing up his mind with his putting stroke the way he is clearly free when he is hitting the driver.

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General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: April 09, 2018, 08:15:54 PM »
Saw a couple UK shows on Netflix here this weekend

Mavericks: A history of the Mavericks in sport who with unbridled talent never really made the most of their potential through discipline, addiction, or just general arsery issues. Gazza, Merson, Osgood, Cantona etc.. Just finished the football one - really enjoyable

Chronicles of a Champion Golfer: I guess this might be older - but really enjoyable and I'd never heard of it before. Episode 1, Tiger Woods. Episode 2, The Shark. Good Stuff

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General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: April 09, 2018, 07:21:27 PM »
If Rory gets in the 8-9 club along with a Player and Arnie he will have done well. There are a lot of good golfers now, all with incredible belief, physiques, swing speeds. The ball has overtaken most courses but you still got to get that f**ker in the hole.

I believe we are in a golden era of golf

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General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: April 09, 2018, 06:54:47 PM »
I think it's not a bad moment to step back and recognize the phenomenal players over the last 30 years who have NOT won a major, or a masters - let alone 4 majors. Some big big names on that list. I believe Rory will get over the hump, but it is hard to win a major! It is hard to win the Masters! Norman, Monty, Phil at the US Open, Westwood, Sergio until last year. It's never a slam dunk for any of these players.

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General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: April 08, 2018, 10:14:35 PM »
Absolute disaster.

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General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: April 08, 2018, 09:56:42 PM »
Can we get an A-men?

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General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: April 08, 2018, 09:44:17 PM »
Really disappointing so far. Missing that eagle putt on 2 was a disaster.

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General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: April 08, 2018, 09:42:01 PM »
Missing that eagle putt was bad but missing 3 short was worse.

Great comeback on 4. Time to crack a beer for the nerves here.

Puckoon,
Right behind ya, a wee settler...

Wee Rory could maybe do with one ass well, his shoulders are up round his ears.

f**k this. Iím gettin drunk.

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General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: April 08, 2018, 08:34:48 PM »
Missing that eagle putt was bad but missing 3 short was worse.

Great comeback on 4. Time to crack a beer for the nerves here.

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General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: April 08, 2018, 07:42:42 PM »
Jesus rory.

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