The Irish Open: a triumph for Willett, an embarrassment for McIlroy
The recent Dubai Duty Free Irish Open gave us a number of exciting memories. Taking place at the Royal County Downs Golf Club from 28th to 31st May, the event showcased some of the best British talent out there today, including one youngster whose name was the word on everybody’s lips afterwards.
Royal County Down braced for "terrifying" weather front
Hubert Green said it best. "That hole will beat you up like a bad ol' Momma."
The par-three seventh at Royal County Down is just 135 yards from the medal tees and only 144 from the blues — a flick of a wedge for even the best of the world in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open yesterday and yet few who played it under the gaze of tournament Director Miguel Vidaor yesterday could carry the bunker hold the green.
Rory's Royal County Down battle: "It's like he's saying, 'I'm a big puncher and you're a good defender'"
The great Australian professional Bruce Crampton might never have won a major but with four runner-up finishes to his credit, all of them to Jack Nicklaus, he clearly knew a thing or two about the game and what makes a golfer tick.
Rory hooks Kaymer, Donald and Reed — but can he get Phil Mickelson?
Rory McIlroy might have added Ryder Cup stars Martin Kaymer, Luke Donald and Patrick Reed to a stellar field but the world No 1 is believed to be chasing an even bigger name for next month’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open — Phil Mickelson.
Rory power proves key as Dubai Duty Free sponsors Irish Open: "It doesn't get better than this"
When John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote "With a Little Help from My Friends" they probably never have imagined it would become one of the biggest sellers of all time. Now, after a four-year desert trek without a title sponsor, it turns out that the combination of Rory McIlroy, The Irish Open and his superstar pals was a heady enough cocktail to attract Dubai Duty Free as title sponsors for what could become one of European Tour's greatest hits.