*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.
*Shane Lowry. Photograph: Getty Images Minus Rory McIlroy’s presence, Shane Lowry appears to be the fan favourite for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and he’s grateful to have such support.
*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.
*Lahinch Golf Club General Manager, Paddy Keane. Photograph: Martin Connolly Hosting The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is huge for Lahinch Golf Club but according to Paddy Keane, “it goes far beyond that” regarding the benefits it will bring to the South West of Ireland.
*Paul O’Connell. Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images Having The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in Lahinch is the sporting event the Mid-West has needed according to former Irish rugby captain, Paul O’Connell.
Over the past decade a surge in Japanese visitors to Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy has been visible and organisers are expecting their strong presence to remain for the years to come as Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann expands across the world.