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Irish Open 2015: Tee-off times, weather and TV schedule ahead of action at Royal County Down

Ali Gordon

Published 26/05/2015 | 16:28

26 May 2015; Ernie Els hits his tee shot on the 1st. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship 2015, Practice Day 2. Royal County Down Golf Club, Co. Down. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
26 May 2015; Ernie Els hits his tee shot on the 1st. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship 2015, Practice Day 2. Royal County Down Golf Club, Co. Down. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
26 May 2015; Miguel ?ngel Jim?nez during his practice round. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship 2015, Practice Day 2. Royal County Down Golf Club, Co. Down. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
26 May 2015; Mikko Ilonen hits his 2nd shot from the 10th fairway. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship 2015, Practice Day 2. Royal County Down Golf Club, Co. Down. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
26 May 2015; Bernd Wiesberger during his practice round. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship 2015, Practice Day 2. Royal County Down Golf Club, Co. Down. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
26 May 2015; Darren Clarke during a press conference. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship 2015, Practice Day 2. Royal County Down Golf Club, Co. Down. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
26 May 2015; Darren Clarke during a press conference. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship 2015, Practice Day 2. Royal County Down Golf Club, Co. Down. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
26 May 2015; Ernie Els putts on the 1st green. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship 2015, Practice Day 2. Royal County Down Golf Club, Co. Down. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
26 May 2015; Ernie Els makes his way to the 1st tee box ahead of his practice round. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship 2015, Practice Day 2. Royal County Down Golf Club, Co. Down. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
26 May 2015; Miguel ?ngel Jim?nez signs autographs following his practice round. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship 2015, Practice Day 2. Royal County Down Golf Club, Co. Down. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
26 May 2015; Ernie Els walks the 2nd fairway during his practice round. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship 2015, Practice Day 2. Royal County Down Golf Club, Co. Down. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
26 May 2015; Ernie Els hits his tee shot from the 2nd tee box. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship 2015, Practice Day 2. Royal County Down Golf Club, Co. Down. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
26 May 2015; Ernie Els makes his way to the second tee box. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship 2015, Practice Day 2. Royal County Down Golf Club, Co. Down. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
26 May 2015; Ernie Els hits his second shot on the 1st fairway. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship 2015, Practice Day 2. Royal County Down Golf Club, Co. Down. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
26 May 2015; Miguel ?ngel Jim?nez hits his second shot from the 9th fairway. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship 2015, Practice Day 2. Royal County Down Golf Club, Co. Down. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
26 May 2015; Miguel ?ngel Jim?nez during his practice round. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship 2015, Practice Day 2. Royal County Down Golf Club, Co. Down. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
26 May 2015; Miguel ?ngel Jim?nez hits his second shot from the 9th fairway. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship 2015, Practice Day 2. Royal County Down Golf Club, Co. Down. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Rory McIlroy has stepped up to the plate for Northern Ireland and now our wee country is set to do him proud in return with our support for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, hosted by his Rory Foundation.

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Royal County Down, at Newcastle, already renowned throughout the world for its spectacular setting and exacting challenges will provide a fitting stage for the most awe-inspiring line-up of golfing greatness assembled here in the modern era.

Many willing hands will have played a part in bringing them to the first tee next Thursday, where the mountains of Mourne sweep majestically down to the sea.

But the single-most driving force in shaping an event dazzlingly capturing the public imagination has been Rory McIlroy who has done much more than lend his name.

Our World No1 did not stop at simply endorsing the famous old tournament through his Foundation which raises funds for children’s charities around the world including, just a few miles from Royal Co Down, the NI Cancer Fund for Children’s short break centre at Daisy Lodge on the edge of Tollymore Forest Park.

He then set about using his connections to recruit a world class field of stellar names, including Rickie Fowler, Miguel Angel Jiminez, Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald. Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell, of course, join him in a trinity of Northern Ireland major winners.

His efforts were also instrumental in attracting the headline sponsor, Dubai Duty Free, on board.

Here is a lad who consistently does his sport, his country, his family and, above all, himself, proud.

Now it is our turn to show our appreciation and we can demonstrate that in the form of packed galleries, providing a warm Northern Ireland welcome and vociferous support for our host and his distinguished guests, all around historic Royal Co Down.

And we can do so, safe in the knowledge, that whoever emerges victorious on the 18th green next Sunday, Northern Ireland, its golf and people, will be the biggest winners.

Day One tee-off times

Rory McIlroy will play with American Rickie Fowler and reigning US Open champion Martin Kaymer in the first two rounds of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down.

The world number one will be among the first to tee-off on Thursday morning with an 8am start.

Fans of Ulster big three face an early start with the group featuring Darren Clarke, Danny Willett and Luke Donald going off at 7.40am while immediately behind them - and just ahead of the McIlroy group - will be Graeme McDowell, Lee Westwood and Miguel Angel Jimenez at 7.50am.

Michael Hoey is away at 8.10am with Scots Stephen Gallacher and Marc Warren while Paul McGinley, Robert Karlsson and Paul Lawrie have an 8.30am start.

 

07:30 Renato PARATORE Edouard ESPANA Jonathan MOORE

 

07:40 Oliver FARR Jorge CAMPILLO Brendan MCGOVERN

 

07:50 Moritz LAMPERT Adrian OTAEGUI Matt FORD

 

08:00 Pelle EDBERG Mikael LUNDBERG Stephen DODD

 

08:10 Jérôme LANDO CASANOVA Mark TULLO John PARRY

 

08:20 Rikard KARLBERG Søren KJELDSEN Jaco VAN ZYL

 

08:30 Bradley DREDGE Lucas BJERREGAARD Andrew JOHNSTON

 

08:40 Simon KHAN José Manuel LARA Scott HEND

 

08:50 Anthony WALL Emiliano GRILLO Damian MOONEY

 

09:00 Jason PALMER Jbe KRUGER Matthew FITZPATRICK

 

09:10 Simon DYSON Raphaël JACQUELIN Alvaro QUIROS

 

09:20 Craig LEE Wade ORMSBY Marcus FRASER

 

09:30 Richard MCEVOY Matthew NIXON Richard GREEN

 

07:30 Jason BARNES Benjamin HEBERT Eddie PEPPERELL

 

07:40 Darren CLARKE Luke DONALD Danny WILLETT

 

07:50 Graeme MCDOWELL Lee WESTWOOD Miguel Angel JIMÉNEZ

 

08:00 Martin KAYMER Rory MCILROY Rickie FOWLER

 

08:10 Michael HOEY Stephen GALLACHER Marc WARREN

 

08:20 Matteo MANASSERO Kevin PHELAN George COETZEE

 

08:30 Paul MCGINLEY Paul LAWRIE Robert KARLSSON

 

08:40 Tyrrell HATTON Peter UIHLEIN Chris WOOD

 

08:50 Chris DOAK Ricardo GONZALEZ John G KELLY

 

09:00 Oliver WILSON David LIPSKY Alejandro CAÑIZARES

 

09:10 Niclas FASTH David DRYSDALE Mark FOSTER

 

09:20 Rafa CABRERA-BELLO Richard BLAND Robert ROCK

 

09:30 Paul MADDY Lee SLATTERY Reeve WHITSON

 

12:30 Damien MCGRANE Thorbjørn OLESEN Alexander LEVY

 

12:40 James MORRISON Anirban LAHIRI Thongchai JAIDEE

 

12:50 Padraig HARRINGTON Mikko ILONEN Sergio GARCIA

 

13:00 Ernie ELS Shane LOWRY Francesco MOLINARI

 

13:10 Victor DUBUISSON Tommy FLEETWOOD Byeong Hun AN

 

13:20 Pablo LARRAZÁBAL Andy SULLIVAN Bernd WIESBERGER

 

13:30 Marcel SIEM Kiradech APHIBARNRAT Ross FISHER

 

13:40 Peter HANSON Nicolas COLSAERTS David HOWELL

 

13:50 Peter LAWRIE Romain WATTEL Richie RAMSAY

 

14:00 Steve WEBSTER Alex NOREN Simon THORNTON

 

14:10 Mike LORENZO-VERA Robert DINWIDDIE Gavin MOYNIHAN (AM)

 

14:20 Shiv KAPUR Thomas PIETERS Bradley NEIL (AM)

 

14:30 Tom MURRAY Chris LLOYD Kristoffer BROBERG

 

12:30 Graeme STORM Darren FICHARDT Cian MCNAMARA

 

12:40 Soren HANSEN Eduardo DE LA RIVA Thomas AIKEN

 

12:50 Morten Ørum MADSEN Trevor FISHER JNR Julien QUESNE

 

13:00 Seve BENSON Magnus A CARLSSON Neil O'BRIAIN

 

13:10 Felipe AGUILAR Gary STAL Fabrizio ZANOTTI

 

13:20 Daniel BROOKS Andrew DODT Grégory BOURDY

 

13:30 Richard FINCH Hennie OTTO David HORSEY

 

13:40 Tom LEWIS Grégory HAVRET Ben STOW

 

13:50 Gareth MAYBIN Oliver FISHER Anders HANSEN

 

14:00 Sam HUTSBY Jake ROOS Jack HUME (AM)

 

14:10 Brett RUMFORD Jeev Milkha SINGH Scott JAMIESON

 

14:20 Florian FRITSCH Johan CARLSSON Gary HURLEY (AM)

 

14:30 Marco CRESPI Maximilian KIEFFER Michael MCDERMOTT

 

 

Official Practice Day – Tuesday May 26

Open to spectators. Tickets £10

 

Celebrity Pro-Am – Wednesday May 27

07.30am & 12.30pm

 

Round 1 – Thursday May 28

First round of Championship

Gates open 06:45 - 20:30 (site closes)

 

Round 2 – Friday May 29

Second round of Championship

Gates open 06:45 - 20:30 (site closes)

Top 65 and ties make the cut and will play on the weekend

Tee-times for Round 3 will be produced after the close of play

 

Round 3 – Saturday May 30

65+ players

Gates open 07:00am

Tee-times from 07:30am (approx.)

Tee-times for the Final Round will be produced after the close of play

 

Final Round – Sunday May 31

65+ players

Gates open at 07:00am

Tee-times from 07:30am (approx.)

Play-off to take place on 18th Hole

Prize Giving Presentation to take place immediately after final putt on the 18th Green

 

 

Weather forecast

Tuesday May 26: Cloudy start with a risk of some light drizzle with only a few sunnier spells developing.

Wednesday May 27: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain before turning heavy in the afternoon.

Thursday May 28:  Bright and breezy with scattered showers, with some heavy rain later on.

Friday May 29: Bright and breezy with scattered showers, with the possibility of heavier showers in the afternoon.

Saturday May 30: Light winds with showers, but the winds ease later on.

Sunday May 31: Showers in the morning, with light rain and sunshine in the afternoon.

 

 

TV and radio schedule

Wednesday May 27: Irish Open Special, BBC Radio Ulster, 6.30pm

Thursday May 28: Sky Sports 4, 8am

Irish Open live, RTE Two 8am-1pm, RTE One 4pm-6pm

Irish Open Special, BBC Radio Ulster, 6.30pm

The Irish Open, BBC One NI, 10.45pm

Friday May 29: Sky Sports 4, 12pm

Irish Open live, RTE Two 8am-1pm, RTE One 4pm-6pm

Irish Open Special, BBC Radio Ulster, 6.30pm

The Irish Open, BBC One NI, 10.35pm

Saturday May 30: Sky Sports 4, 1:30pm

Irish Open live, RTE Two, 1.30pm-5.30pm

The Irish Open, BBC One NI, 10.35pm

Sunday May 31: Sky Sports 4, 12:30pm

Irish Open live, RTE One, 1.10pm-5.40pm

Irish Open Special, BBC Radio Ulster, 6pm

The Irish Open, BBC One Northern Ireland, 10.30pm

 

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