Czech Open preview

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Updated: August 17, 2011

The European Tour gets underway again on Thursday after the dramatics of the PGA Championship with the Czech Open in Celadna in the Czech Republic.

The Irish contingent who did not qualify for PGA Championship in Atlanta are in action this week for the first time since the Irish Open in Killarney at the end of July.

Damien McGrane is the earliest starter at the Prosper Golf Resort in Celadna at 7.40am local time and will be teeing off from the 10th hole with Scotland’s Richie Ramsay and Denmark’s Soren Hansen, who finished the Irish Open tied for 5th on 10-under par.

McGrane finished tied for 21st at the Irish Open after a good start to his home tournament, shooting a 69 and a 67 on the opening two rounds, he was scuppered his chances of winning the top prize with a 77 on day three but salvaged a respectable place on the leaderboard with an impressive 66 on the last day at Killarney.

The Meath man was the second highest placed Irishman at the Irish Open behing Peter Lawrie who was just six shots behind eventual winner Simon Dyson on 9-under par and tied for 8th.

Lawrie will tee-off ten minutes after McGrane on the 10th hole at 7.50am local time and will be paired with Englishman Gary Boyd and Oskar Henningsson of Sweden.

Simon Thornton will tee-off from the 1st hole at 9am and will be paired with Czech amateur Ondrej Lieser and Swede Mikael Lundberg.

Thornton tied with McGrane in 21st position as well as Felipe Aguilar and young Northern Irish amateur Paul Cutler at the Irish Open and will be looking to repeat the same kind of form that saw him place highly in Killarney and also finish 5th in the Norwegian Challenge on the European Challenge Tour.

Shane Lowry will be looking to put the Irish Open out of his mind after he missed the cut in Killarney with a two-day score of 10-over par and the Offaly man will tee-off at 8.20 with Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen and Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello.

The Irish veteran Paul McGinley also didn’t make the cut at the Irish Open and will tee-off with Spain’s Ignacio Garrido and Czech’s Marek Novy at 1pm local time.

Miguel Angel Jimenez will be happy to return to the course at the Prosper Golf Resort that he designed and will surely know all the ins and outs of the field of play.

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