Golfers around the globe will be keeping their eyes firmly fixed on Newcastle, County Down, at the end of May 2015, as the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, Hosted by the Rory Foundation (part of the European Tour), will take place at the renowned Royal County Down Golf Club. And just look who’s coming to play: Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els, Lee Westwood, Rickie Fowler, and, naturally, Mikko Ilonen will be there to defend his title!
The event in 2015 will be the first time in 76 years that the Irish Open will be hosted at the world-famous links course. Voted best course in the world outside the United States by Golf Digest, Royal County Down is just one of a number of prestigious courses where Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke all honed their impeccable skills.
Northern Ireland has hosted the Irish Open only twice in the last 60 years, but when Royal Portrush hosted the event in 2012, it was the only time the European Tour had sold out before play even began on four consecutive days.