Ireland’s Professional Golf Standing: Are They Slipping Behind at the Top?


The gap at the top – Are Ireland falling behind in professional golf?


Key Points:

  • Tom McKibbin is the only full DP World Tour card holder under 35 in Ireland.
  • Golf Ireland is excelling in the development of elite amateur players.

Ireland’s success in elite amateur golf contrasts with the shortage of male professionals in the DP World Tour. Despite significant funding from Sport Ireland, the lack of full tour status for former Walker Cup players raises concerns about the transition from amateur to professional golf. Many ex-players and coaches believe that Golf Ireland’s professional scheme is outdated and not equipped to support aspiring male professionals. The need for mentorship, support structures, and education on professional golf is evident, as highlighted by suggestions for closer integration between amateurs and professionals, improved practice facilities, and enhanced coaching programs. The development of a stronger network with experienced professionals and mentors is essential to bridge the gap and ensure Ireland remains well-represented in international golf competitions.