The build up to this year's Open Championship gets underway this week, as the European Tour visits Lahinch Golf Club on Ireland's Atlantic coast.
Located around 60 miles south of Galway, and 45 miles west of Limerick, this rugged links course in County Clare is staging the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open for the first time in its history.
Hosted by former Ryder Cup competitor and skipper Paul McGinley, the tournament has attracted an impressive field, many hoping to gain valuable links practice ahead of The Open at Royal Portrush in two weeks' time.
Jon Rahm has made the journey from Valderrama, and returns to Ireland where his form over the past couple of years has been superb.
The Spaniard tied-fourth in this event last year, having won over the links of Portstewart 12 months earlier.
The world No 11 is in excellent current form too, following back-to-back podium finishes at the US Open and in southern Spain.
Others with a strong links history include: Tommy Fleetwood, Louis Oosthuizen, Shane Lowry, Eddie Pepperell and Tyrrell Hatton.
Of this group, Oosthuizen enjoyed a top-10 finish at Pebble Beach recently, while Lowry has quietly made his way back up to No 35 in the World Ranking, having ended 2018 at No 75.
As for players moving in the right direction, Danny Willett heads to Europe following confidence-boosting performances at the US Open (12th), Canadian Open (8th) and Memorial Tournament (27th).
The Englishman also tied-sixth at Ballyliffen 12 months ago, his fourth top-10 in the Irish Open.
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Two others who might offer some decent value are Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Thorbjorn Olesen.
Cabrera-Bello has enjoyed a fairly steady, if not spectacular, first sixth months of the year, and in previous visits to Ireland has posted top-four finishes over the links of Royal County Down and Royal Portrush.
Olesen, meanwhile, tied-sixth at Ballyliffen in 2018, two weeks before finishing 12th in The Open at Carnoustie.
Established as long ago as 1892, the Championship Course at Lahinch provides a typical links test, with small undulating greens, numerous pot bunkers and no water hazards - other than the nearby ocean which shouldn't really come into play.
Although this north Munster club has never previously staged an event of this stature, it has welcomed many well-known golfers through its doors over the decades.
These include Phil Mickelson, who first played here as an amateur ahead of the 1991 Walker Cup which was staged at Portmarnock in County Dublin.
The five-time major champion was later made an Honorary Overseas Life Member of Lahinch, which has become a popular stop-off point for golfers travelling to The Open.
If conditions are benign, then expect scoring to be low but if the coastal breeze picks up, it becomes a completely different game, with players' often struggling to keep the ball on fast-running links fairways.
A good touch around the greens always comes in handy on a links, and any shot even slightly miscued can often turn a potential bogey into a damaging double.
Irish Open Courses Key:
2018: Ballyliffen; 2017: Portstewart; 2016: The K Club; 2015: Royal County Down; 2014: Fota Island; 2013: Carton House (Kildare); 2012: Royal Portrush;2011: Killarney; 2010: Killarney; 2009: Co Louth (Baltray)
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Note: List contains leading reserves