New Book Celebrates Irish Golf’s Magnificent Seven

The success of Irish golfers since Padraig Harrington's first Major win in the British Open at Carnoustie in 2007 has been phenomenal. Irish golfers have won seven out of 22 majors between that victory and Rory McIlroy's second career major at this year's U.S. Championship, a strike-rate matched only by the powerhouse that is the United States.

How did Ireland get from a position of glorying for so long in only one major champion -- Fred Daly's Open championship win of 1947 -- to the point where it has bred a succession of them? Without a doubt, this generation of Irish golfers has proven itself to be a golden one. Was it by accident, or design? How did a quartet of Irish players become world beaters?

In “The Irish Majors” author Philip Reid has the inside track on these great victories, from Harrington's three victories and the breakthrough major wins of Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke, up to McIlroy's most recent record-breaking PGA victory at Kiawah Island that reaffirmed his position as the world golf's hottest property.

The Author
Philip Reid is golf correspondent with The Irish Times. He is Secretary of the Irish Golf Writers' Association and is also a committee member of the UK-based Association of Golf Writers. He lives in Dublin.

Deric Henderson (Editor, Press Association Ireland):
"….best Irish golf book in years. Wonderful!"
Greg Allen (RTE Radio golf commentator):
"….this book captures each and every major win by this golden generation of Irish golfers in a style that brings you to the heart of the action."
Denis Kirwan (Dublin 98FM golf correspondent):
"A great read!"

The Irish Majors by Philip Reid is published by Gill & Macmillan and is available online at and as an eBook (kindle) on


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