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July 9, 2017

Matthew Southgate

Portstewart, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Q. Fantastic Irish Open for you, three dropped shots across four rounds of golf and a 66 to finish, you must delighted.
MATTHEW SOUTHGATE: I'm absolutely thrilled to bits. That's some of the best golf I ever played today. I really stuck to it out there and I just made it so easy. I wasn't sweating over any par putts, and I've done my job as well as I could today. I'm really completely over the moon.

Q. What's the most pleasing thing about the game over the last four days?
MATTHEW SOUTHGATE: All of it. I've driven the ball really well. And I've done some work with Titleist at the start of the year to just tweak my driver and we went a little bit longer in the shaft, which they were a bit skeptical about doing, but something I had done as an amateur.

And the first ball I hit in Dubai with the new driver, I thought, wow, that's how I used to hit it. It's taken me a few months to get it bedded in but I feel confident with that at the minute.

This afternoon, I've driven it as good as anyone can drive it. Just every single drive's come out completely neutral. I mean, there's not really many golf courses in the world that are that difficult, if you slap-bang it in the fairway, and I'm not a short hitter. So we've taken the course apart, really, with driver this week.

Q. This event has been added to the Rolex Series schedule so a lot more prize money and points on offer. All bodes well looking to The Open in two weeks.
MATTHEW SOUTHGATE: Yeah, I think so. I think the big thing for me after last year, I wanted to prove to everybody that it wasn't a fluke and that I sort of belong out here playing, and that's obviously like a personal issue we've made; I've got that in my head when I'm playing.

The finish looks like it's definitely going to keep my card at least for next year, which at this level of golf I think is an incredible achievement for everybody. I'm absolutely thrilled to bits to be able to be exempt into all of it again for next year. Feel like a really lucky guy for that. I love my job and I love all the people around the golf tour, and very blessed to be playing out here and doing this. So I'm over the moon this week.

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