*Shane Lowry hitting off on the twelfth tee during the first round of the 2019 DDF Irish Open at Lahinch. Photograph: Brian Arthur Shannon Airport’s lack of presence and marketing during The DDF Irish Open at Lahinch has been questioned and criticised as “an incredible failure”.
*Sarah Cunningham competing for Lahinch in the All-Ireland Senior Cup Finals in 2018. Photograph: Pat Cashman Photography Sarah Cunningham was eleven years old when she first started playing golf, almost two decades on she is still driving, pitching, wedging and putting and cannot see a future without the sport.
*2019 DDF Irish Open Winner, Jon Rahm. Photograph: Getty Images Weekend crowds attending the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch Golf Club reached maximum capacity emulating the 2012 event at Royal Portrush Golf Club by selling out on Saturday and Sunday.
*Photograph: Martin Connolly Paul McGinley made the statement on Tuesday “if a dog sat down for five minutes he would have got painted”, though County Dog Warden, Frankie Coote may not like to hear it, there is truth in what McGinley said such was the amount of work undertaken by Clare County Council in preparation…
*Photograph: Getty Images Saturday’s third round of the DDF Irish Open at Lahinch reached capacity crowds, the first time the event has done so since 2012 at Royal Portrush Golf Club.
*Padraig Harrington pictured at the DDF Irish Open Pro-Am in Lahinch Golf Club on Wednesday. Photograph: Brian Arthur Sporting events in Ireland tend to be unique according to Padraig Harrington who maintained Lahinch Golf Club hosting The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is no different.
Accepting Paul McGinley’s request to play in the DDF Irish Open was an easy decision for Ian Poulter.
*Photograph: Martin Connolly ‘Golf is the second language of Lahinch’ and this relationship is set to leave it’s biggest benefit yet with an estimated €5m to be spent there during the course of The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
*Russell Knox celebrates winning the 2018 DDF Irish Open. Photograph: Getty Images Having grown up in North Scotland playing on similar courses to Lahinch, Russell Knox is hoping this will be enough to see him become only the seventh golfer to successfully defend The Irish Open title.
*Jon Rahm. Photograph: Getty Images Jon Rahm will be hoping to convert his impressive recent form into a third Rolex Series title and a second victory at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open when the Spaniard tees it up at Lahinch Golf Club for his third successive appearance at the historic national open.