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McDowell returning to Lahinch for The Irish Open

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2010 US Open winner, Graeme McDowell has confirmed he will be on the greens of Lahinch Golf Club for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open this summer.

McDowell will be targeting a second win of the 2019 season when he returns to the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open this July, the Northern Irishman claimed his first international title in four years last week.

The Major champion is a popular figure on Irish soil and is sure to receive a hero’s welcome at the second Rolex Series event of the year, following his 15th professional victory in the Dominican Republic on Sunday on the US PGA Tour. He joins 2018 Ryder Cup star Tommy Fleetwood, former World Number One Lee Westwood and fellow Major winners Louis Oosthuizen and Danny Willett, amongst others, in what is shaping up to be a world-class field for the July showpiece.

He will return to the majestic Co Clare links 19 years after winning there as an amateur in the South of Ireland Championship. This year’s event will be hosted by Paul McGinley and, having signed up a number of international stars to play, the winning 2014 European Ryder Cup Captain will also be joined by a host of local heroes which also includes three-time Major winner and 2020 Ryder Cup Captain Padraig Harrington, and the most recent Rolex Series winner Shane Lowry.

A ten-time European Tour winner and three-time Ryder Cup winner for Europe including winning three points from three matches under McGinley in the 2014 victory, G-Mac has been an ever-present at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open since his debut European Tour season in 2002.

“I think this year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is going to be a really special one,” McDowell said. “It’s obviously a tournament which I prioritise on my schedule every year, but Lahinch Golf Club and the town of Lahinch are really going to provide a unique experience for the players and the fans. The Irish golf fans are some of the best in the world, and with The Open Championship two weeks later in Portrush, it’s sure to be an incredible few weeks. After my win last week in the Dominican Republic, I’m feeling really confident about the summer ahead and hopefully I can bring my A-game to Lahinch.”

A world-class field is now coming together for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, which is expected to provide a festival atmosphere and fan experience like no other, with the popular tourist village of Lahinch right on the doorstep of the famous links course.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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