Wednesday 28 January 2015

Open Season: Top Irish golf stars sign up for Irish Open

Published 26/02/2013 | 14:32

Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell , Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke will all take part in this year's Irish Open

ALL four Irish major winners have now been confirmed to take part in this year’s Irish Open after Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke revealed their commitment to play at Carton House.

The Northern Ireland pair will take part in the event from June 27-30 with Padraig Harrington and world number one Rory McIlroy having already conformed their participation.

Clarke will be making his 22nd appearance in the Irish Open and will be hoping to win the event having finished in second place in 2001 and third in 2006.

“The atmosphere at Royal Portrush last year was unbelievable and I think we can expect some more fantastic home support at Carton House,” he said.

“I played well the last time we were there in 2006 so I’d like to think I can do well again this year,”

McDowell has yet to finish in the top ten, but the former US Open winner is hoping that he can add his name to the list of winners of his home open.

“Carton House should be another great venue for the Irish Open. Obviously Portrush was a huge success last year and was very special for me personally, but I think the Irish golf fans will again support the event and it will be another celebration of Irish golf,” McDowell said.

“We’ve had some great success on the international stage and so it would be nice for one of us to do it at home, in front of our own fans.

“Personally, I’d love to win the Irish Open one day and hopefully this can be the year I do it.”

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