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Sunday 21 January 2018

'It's always good craic' - Masters runner-up Justin Rose relishing Irish Open challenge

Justin Rose will play in this year's Irish Open
Justin Rose will play in this year's Irish Open

US Masters runner-up Justin Rose is relishing the chance to play at this year's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club.

The competition has become an illustrious event in recent years since Rory McIlroy offered his backing and this year will see a world-class field battle it out for the €6.44 million purse from July 6-9.

Olympic gold medallist Rose confirmed his participation two weeks ago and today said: "I haven’t played the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open for a while so I’m excited about going back.

"With Rory’s involvement the last couple of years the event has gone from strength to strength and being part of the Rolex Series will give it an even bigger boost.

"Irish fans are always a lot of fun to play in front of, it's always good 'craic' out there! We'll all enjoy the tournament and it's obviously great preparation for The Open Championship too.

"I think it’s very good to get some links golf under your belt before The Open. Playing the Scottish Open the week before is a great idea and also playing two weeks before is great because you can have a week before to fine tune.

"The fact that we have these options running into The Open is fantastic and they are top quality events which will hopefully attract not just the top European players, but maybe some players from across the pond in the USA as well."

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