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21st Oct 2019

Brian O’Driscoll mistaken for Mike Tindall after draining monster birdie putt

Patrick McCarry

Brian O'Driscoll

England is not claiming this plucky golfing prospect!

Brian O’Driscoll and Rory McIlroy tried to shake off the disappointment of Ireland’s World Cup exit by taking part in a charity golf game in Japan.

The Irish sports stars teamed up in a Pro-Am competition in the Japan Skins game, on Monday, and raised a heap of money for several good causes.

As part of the event, rugby legends O’Driscoll, Mike Tindall, George Gregan and Bryan Habana all took part in a par-three challenge at the 7th hole.

It looked as though that hole was going to Hideki Matsuyama and Habana as the Japanese golfer rolled in a 35-foot birdie. Before McIlroy even got his chance to putt, O’Driscoll stepped up and drained his birdie attempt from 25 feet away.

That prompted a hug from McIlroy and high-fives from Tindall and his playing partner, one Tiger Woods.

The Golf TV commentators showed their scant rugby awareness by mixing up O’Driscoll with Tindall, the former England captain.

“Wow, these guys can play! Mike Tindall… excuse me, Brian O’Driscoll!”

Diplomatic incident avoided, Woods then chimed, “No need for me to putt”, as the hole was halved and the skins total increased for the 8th hole.

When it was all said and done, Australia’s Jason Day, who had been paired with Gregan at the 7th hole, won out and got to donate the main $100,000 cheque to his chosen charity. McIlroy finished with $60k, Woods with $50k and Matsuyama got $30k to donate to his charity.



The latest episode sees Andrew Trimble and Jerry Flannery look back on Ireland’s World Cup exit to New Zealand.

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