3, Ireland’s largest high speed network, and The European Tour have today announced that Graeme McDowell will play at this year’s 3 Irish Open, when the tournament returns to Killarney Golf and Fishing Club from 29th July to 1st August.
Graeme McDowell will bring his Major presence to the 3 Irish Open at the Killarney Golf and Fishing Club from July 29 – August 1, hoping to continue his dream summer by adding his national Open to his magnificent US Open Championship triumph.
The Ulsterman became the first Irishman in history to lift the US Open with his victory at Pebble Beach on Sunday, as the 30 year old stormed from 37th to 13th in the Official World Golf Ranking and straight to the top of The Race to Dubai.
McDowell’s first Major win has also cemented his place in Europe’s Ryder Cup Team to face the USA in Wales this October but before that he wants to add the 3 Irish Open trophy to his burgeoning trophy cabinet at home in Portrush.
“To be able to tee up at the 3 Irish Open as the US Open Champion is going to be pretty special,” said McDowell after his one-stroke victory over Frenchman Grégory Havret at Pebble Beach.
“I look forward to the 3 Irish Open every year, but to able to compete in front of the Irish fans as a Major winner will be an awesome feeling. It’s shaping up to be a great event down in Killarney – I know that 3, The Tour and Failte Ireland are working hard on putting together a great event over the bank holiday weekend.
“We are looking at having a great field this year in a fantastic location and you can start to feel a lot of optimism around the 3 Irish Open.”
Robert Finnegan, CEO of 3, said; “We are delighted to be able to announce that US Open winner Graeme McDowell will play at this year’s 3 Irish Open. Graeme has been an outstanding talent in golf for a long time now and it’s great to see him become the first European to win the US Open title for 40 years. To have world class players like Graeme standing on the tee in Killarney amongst many of the other top international golfers will make the 3 Irish Open one of the best sporting events in Ireland this year. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Killarney Golf and Fishing Club over the August Bank holiday weekend. ”
Mary Hanafin T.D., Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, said:
Maurice O’Meara, General Manager of the Killarney Golf and Fishing Club, said:
George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, said: “Graeme’s outstanding US Open triumph is another illustration of the strength in depth of the European Tour. Graeme has continued a remarkable run for European Tour Members with 14 major championship wins since the turn of the century, including three by Padraig Harrington, and we look forward to seeing him welcomed home as a Major winner at the 3 Irish Open.”
McIlroy will join world number three Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy as one of the star attractions at the 3 Irish Open. Fans hoping to see the new US Open Champion in action can still purchase discounted tickets to the 3 Irish Open, which are available at all 3Stores, at www.europeantour.com/tickets and at www.ticketmaster.ie as well as through Ticketmaster booths across Ireland.