The Incredible Irish Open Story You Didn’t Know About

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Source: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

If you can believe it there is a story out there that only adds more inspiration to Rory McIlroy’s generous donation at the Irish Open. 

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This years Irish Open will definitely go down as the most heartwarming and inspiring golf events in history. Everyone knows that Rory McIlroy donated his entire winners check to his charity, but do you know Matthew Southgate’s story?

Southgate had to play on the second-tier Challenge Tour last year while helping to look after his two-year-old niece, who is suffering from leukemia. Below they are pictured together with heartwarming smiles on their faces.

Source: European Tour
Source: European Tour

In July of that year he was diagnosed with testicular cancer and had to have one of his buddies removed. His surgery took place during the Open Championship, which motivated him to heal fast and recover enough to join the European Tour Q-School in October.

He earned his Tour card after three grueling stages of Q-School, which ensured him a few starts on the main European Tour. Now we’re at the Irish Open where he only found out he was playing that Wednesday, giving him much less time to prepare than most of the other players.

Fast forward to the final day and Southgate ended the Irish Open in solo 4th place, going -5 through the final 10 holes at the K Club to win € 200,000 euro. His best career finish.

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Source: Getty Images

“I was heartbroken watching The Open last year when I couldn’t play with my feet up in the air feeling sorry for myself. That proves how much it does mean, this game really matters to me, I love it with all my heart.”

A true legend doesn’t get knocked down in the thick of hardships, it lifts them up and makes them better for it. Matthew Southgate proved this, hopefully inspiring victims of cancer and golfers of all ages.

Cheers to Southgate, we salute you. You’ve got more balls than the rest.

salute

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