'Lahinch will be a good test' - Ian Poulter confirmed for the Irish Open in July
Ian Poulter is the latest big name to confirm that he will play in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch from July 4 to 7.
'The Postman' - because he always delivers in the Ryder Cup - joins a list of top golfers coming to play the famous links at Lahinch for a prize fund of $7million.
Poulter has enjoyed a fine year since winning the Texas Valero Open on the US tour in April 2018.
He was right in the hunt for the Green Jacket at Augusta a couple of weeks ago, before his challenge ended with a ball in the water at the infamous 12th in the last round.
Poulter’s commitment means that four of the current top five in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex, alongside Shane Lowry, Justin Harding and Louis Oosthuizen, will play in in the Irish Open.
Major winner Danny Willett and former World Number One Lee Westwood have also been confirmed, meaning the last three winners of Rolex Series events will play in the historic national open – Lowry is the most recent following his win in Abu Dhabi in January.
Poulter last played the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in 2017 at Portstewart Golf Club in Northern Ireland, while his last appearance in the Republic of Ireland came in 2006, but this will mark his first appearance in the southern province of Munster since 2002 at Fota Island in Cork.
“I’m very much looking forward to playing the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open,” said Poulter. “It’s been a while and to play a run of tournaments leading up to The Open Championship is going to be great.
“Lahinch will be a good test, a great links golf course – I haven’t played it yet but Ireland has some of the world’s best golf courses. The Irish are great fans and always have been great fans. They’re true followers of golf, they’re respectful, they know good shots especially in tough conditions and I expect them to be as good as they always are.
“It’s going to be a great tournament with Paul McGinley supporting the event. as tournament host Paul’s a good friend of mine – I’ve known him now for a very long time as a friend and obviously as a Ryder Cup Captain. He’s a guy that I really respect.”