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The Emotional Story Behind Why Matthew Southgate Was In Tears At The Irish Open

The Emotional Story Behind Why Matthew Southgate Was In Tears At The Irish Open
By Conor O'Leary

Every now and again, someone we would never have heard of will come along and do something fantastic. There's a freshness to what they do, and when you learn the backstory of what has happened to them, it's hard not to shed a tear or two like Southgate did when he secured a fourth place finish at the Irish Open:

Why was Southgate so emotional? Well it's to do with the horrendous 2015 that he had. The 28-year-old was trying to earn money on the Challenge Tour to help his two-year-old niece overcome leukemia. Southgate only earned €10,000 before he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

Since then, he's had an operation - managed to get back in time to go through three gruelling stages of Q-school to earn his tour card. Southgate was in tears claiming his card for the full European Tour which earned him an entry into the Irish Open this week.

The fourth place finish from Southgate will earn him €200,000.

A top five finish this week also qualifies Southgate for the BMW PGA Championship next week, which is one of the flagship events on the European Tour.

No wonder he was celebrating.

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