Royal County Down

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.

The Irish Open: a triumph for Willett, an embarrassment for McIlroy

Agony for McGinley; Padraig and St Jude; Lowry's wedge; and Rickie

Paul McGinley was forced to withdraw from the Irish Open with back spasms and admitted: ”It’s one of my biggest disappointments in my whole career. Even pulling out of a Major wouldn’t have hurt as much as this.”

Agony for McGinley; Padraig and St Jude; Lowry's wedge; and Rickie

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.

Royal County Down braced for "terrifying" weather front

Irish Open invites for Whitson, Phelan, Lawrie, Maybin and Thornton; American Jonathan Moore and Ben Stow also added

Royal County Down's Reeve Whitson will get a chance to put his local knowledge to fantastic use after being handed an invitation for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open on his home track.

Irish Open invites for Whitson, Phelan, Lawrie, Maybin and Thornton; American Jonathan Moore and Ben Stow also added

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's Royal County Down battle: "It's like he's saying, 'I'm a big puncher and you're a good defender'"

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 hooks Kaymer, Donald and Reed — but can he get 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. 

Rory power proves key as Dubai Duty Free sponsors Irish Open: "It doesn't get better than this"