Some of the biggest names in the golfing world such as Jordan Speith and Tiger Woods are tipped to play in the Irish Open at Lahinch next year but over the weekend a leading light from another sport was on the course.

J.J. Watt is a defensive end for the Houston Texans. In 2014, Watt became the first player in NFL history to record two 20+ sack seasons in a career. He holds the Texans’ franchise records for both sacks and forced fumbles.

On Sunday while much of the sporting focus revolved around the Clare hurlers’ eleven point win over Limerick in front of 18,803 people at Cusack Park, Watt was playing a round of golf in Lahinch and another at Dromoland.

Taking to social media, Watt posted pictures of the Lahinch course calling it “absolutely incredible”. In what appears to be a golf tour of the country for the twenty nine year old, he travelled to Adare Manor on Monday.

In 2017, J.J. was named as Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year. He is well known for his charity work, he raised over $37 million to help Houston families recover in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

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