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Ballyliffin Golf Club set to host some of golf’s biggest stars for the Irish Open

AVONDALE, LA - APRIL 26: Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain tees off on the 16th tee during the first round of the Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana on April 26, 2018 in Avondale, Louisiana. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
AVONDALE, LA - APRIL 26: Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain tees off on the 16th tee during the first round of the Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana on April 26, 2018 in Avondale, Louisiana. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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It was confirmed today that Rafael Cabrera Bello will compete in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation this July, along with his 2016 Ryder Cup teammates, English trio Matthew Fitzpatrick, Chris Wood and Danny Willett.

Cabrera Bello will hope to follow in his fellow Spaniard, Jon Rahm’s footsteps after he won this Rolex Series event last year.

Cabrera-Bello has already won one Rolex Series title at last year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, and the 33-year-old is currently world number 25.

The Canary Islands native has three top five finishes at the Irish Open and another top ten, including in 2012 when he had to settle for joint-second in Portrush after coming close to victory.

It will be an important for players hoping to earn a place in Thomas Bjørn’s Ryder Cup team for Le Golf National in September. As one of the European Tour’s eight Rolex Series events, the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open will carry extra Ryder Cup points and Cabrera Bello said that he is excited to play in Ireland again.

"I am really looking forward to returning to the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and playing in front of the Irish crowds again," he said.

"It is a tournament which has been very good to me through the years and I love links golf."

"I have never played Ballyliffin but it looks like we are in for a treat in Donegal. I have had some good results on the European Tour this season so far, but I know I can play well and win on links courses so I’m confident of making that count and hopefully contending for the title in Ireland."

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